TSA deploying body scanners that eliminate passenger-specific images at more airports

Airport set to receive the new full-body scanners — called Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines — include Albany, N.Y.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Norfolk, Va., international airports, as well as a host of regional airports in cities such as Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; and Tallahassee, Fla.

Republicans in Congress have harshly criticized TSA for its airport security procedures.

In a GOP presidential debate last month, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), compared TSA hand searches to sexual assaults.

"Look at the monstrosity we have at the airports," Paul said in the debate. "These TSA agents are abusive. Sometimes they're accused of all kinds of sexual activities on the way they maul people at the airport."

Prior to the development of the new scanner technology, problem areas on passenger images were indicated on a more detailed image of the passenger. A TSA official in a room separate from the room in which the passenger is being scanned views the image.