X-Ray Body Scanner Hubbub: The Naked Truth


The TSA says each image captured by its scanners "cannot be stored, transmitted or printed, and is deleted immediately once viewed."

, however, has posted 100 low-resolution images from a Florida Federal courthouse where U.S. Marshals reportedly (and "perhaps illegally") saved 35,000 full-body images from their scanner. The Gizmodo shots weren't from the TSA, but their existence raises privacy issues pertaining to government-operated body scanners.

The TSA responded to Gizmodo's report by reiterating its security policies, telling that naked shots from its full-body scanners are deleted as soon as they're examined and cleared by a security officer.

Meanwhile, several grass-roots organizations are protesting the TSA's heightened security measures. One such group at is calling for National Opt Out Day on Wednesday November 24, the insanely busy travel day before Thanksgiving. Its plea: On the 24th, just say no to TSA body scans:

"It's the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government's desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an "enhanced pat down" that touches people's breasts and genitals in an aggressive manner," the site reads.