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A measure of privacy will be returning to American airports later this year. The Transportation Security Administration will be removing the last of its controversial full-body scanners that produce almost nude images of passengers at airport checkpoints.

The scanners outraged travelers who felt they were too intrusive in the detail of the images even though the TSA monitors viewing the images could not see or identify the passengers. They could opt out but that left passengers to undergo an even more invasive and at times humiliating pat-down by screeners.

The machines’ manufacturer could not meet TSA requirements to produce software to meet public concerns about privacy. The agency has removed some machines with the remainder to be taken out of airports by June.

In their place, the TSA will install less-intrusive machines that can show hidden objects on a stick-like figure The new machines will also speed up screening at checkpoints, another advantage of one change that will reduce waiting time and make flying less of a hassle.

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