SAFER AIR Act

In the United States, 142 full body scanners are being used at 41 airports. Expanded use would be required if a bill currently before the U.S. Senate is passed. The Securing Aircraft From Explosives Responsibly: Advanced Imaging Recognition (“SAFER AIR“) Act was introduced in late June and was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This bi-partisan bill would require commercial airports to use full body scanners as their primary screening method by 2013. The privacy provisions in the current form of the bill include:

(4) PRIVACY PROTECTIONS FOR PASSENGERS-

`(A) NONRETENTION OF IMAGES- Except as provided in subparagraph (B)(ii), all advanced imaging technology equipment used by the Department of Homeland Security at an airport checkpoint shall be configured so that images produced using the equipment–

`(i) cannot be stored, transferred, copied, or printed; and

`(ii) are permanently removed from the screen after the passenger is cleared to pass through the airport checkpoint.

`(B) STANDARDIZATION AND BLURRING OF IMAGES-

`(i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that any advanced imaging technology equipment used by the Department of Homeland Security to screen passengers be configured so that–

`(I) all facial features on a passenger’s image are blurred; and

`(II) passenger images are standardized to the greatest extent possible while allowing for detection of individual on-body threats.

`(ii) TRANSFER OF NONSTANDARDIZED IMAGES- An image produced using advanced imaging technology that shows personal or nonstandardized images shall be transferred using a secure connection to a location that enables an employee of the Department of Homeland Security to view the image without risking the exposure of the image to the public.

`(C) PROHIBITION ON PRESENCE OF CAMERAS WHILE VIEWING IMAGES- An employee of the Department of Homeland Security viewing an image of a passenger produced using advanced imaging technology–

`(i) may not have a camera or cell phone present; and

`(ii) if viewing the image in a location described in subparagraph (B)(ii), shall communicate with other employees of the Department of Homeland Security using a wireless headset or another comparable method of communication that does not allow for the transmission of the image.

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