New Security Body Scanners Still Threaten Transgender Privacy

The Transport Security Administration (TSA) has announced that the software associated with its full-body scanners will no longer show explicit images of the person being scanned. Advocates are hopeful that the change will help protect transgender individuals from being unfairly outed, but concerns persist. ┬áThe new software requires that the scanner operators determine whether to run a “blue” or a “pink” scan (based on the perceived sex of the individual) and “anomalies” of anatomy may be deemed suspicious such that transgender people are still disproportionately selected for invasive pat downs. (HT: National Center for Transgender Equality.)