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RDU security machines to get new privacy upgrade

Posted July 20, 2011 2:41 p.m. EDT
Updated July 20, 2011 3:23 p.m. EDT

— Air travelers at Raleigh-Durham International Airport will soon be able to board their planes without images of their unclothed bodies being viewed by security personnel.

The federal Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday it will upgrade its full-body scanners with new software designed to protect travelers' privacy.

The so-called Automated Target Recognition software eliminates the image of an actual passenger on the screen, replacing it with a generic outline. Passengers will be able to see the same image viewed by security officers. The software is designed to recognize items in the image that could pose a security threat.

A TSA spokeswoman said the new software is installed in the 40 airports that have the machines, including RDU, within a few months.