TSA Just Made Body Scans Mandatory For Some Travelers

December 24, 2015, 7:27 PM UTC
TSA Tests New Body Scanning Technology At Vegas Airport
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 01: A monitor shows a generic body image from an advanced image technology (AIT) millimeter wave scanner using new Automated Target Recognition software being tested by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration at McCarran International Airport February 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new software detects potential threat items and displays them on the outline of a generic body displayed on a monitor attached to the unit instead of using passenger-specific images. TSA officers will no longer need to use a remotely located room to view the images, which will make the process more efficient according to a TSA spokesman. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Photograph by Ethan Miller — Getty Images

You may not be allowed to opt out of full-body scans at the airport anymore.

The Transportation Security Administration, which manages security for all modes of transport in the U.S., currently uses Advanced Imaging Technologies to discover potentially dangerous items on a traveler’s person. Operating protocol generally allows people to opt out of the scan and have a physical screening instead, but TSA just updated its rules.

Agents can now deny a request to opt out of the scan, “as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security.” The technology makes it easier to detect “both metallic and non-metallic threat objects.”

The Department of Homeland Security published the updated Privacy Impact Assessment on its website, and echoed the news on Twitter:

The updated policy comes as both airlines and passengers have grown increasingly concerned about travel security following the November Paris attacks and a plane crash of a Metrojet airliner over Egypt, which Russia has attributed to terror activity.