After years of criticism and debate, plus a Washington D.C. circuit court ordering that the TSA accept public comment, you can finally weigh in about those scanners that not-so-subtly undress you.
In most major airports the scanners have largely been replaced by millimeter-wave scanners, which produce less graphic images, but the backscatter X-ray machines are still in use in smaller security operations. More than 600 comments have already been publicly submitted to the TSA and the forum will be open until June 24th at 11:59 PM EST. So far, commenters are mainly highlighting privacy, civil rights and health concerns. One anonymous commenter noted that:
The TSA has not proven that this invasive method of screening is any more effective than faster, cheaper, and less intrusive methods. The cost of these systems, in both purchase and operation, is extremely high, and they will not substantially increase passenger safety.