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The computers can't store images now, but what if that changes?

Of concern to him, Coney and others is not just what TSA officials say, it's also what they see.

i Report: Tell us what you think about these scanners The sci-fi-looking whole-body imaging machine -- think "Beam me up, Scotty" -- was first introduced at an airport in Phoenix, Arizona, in November 2007.

Coney said she and other privacy advocates want more oversight, full disclosure for air travelers, and legal language to protect passengers and keep TSA from changing policy down the road.

For example, she wants to know what's to stop TSA from using clearer images or different technology later.

Using millimeter wave technology, which the TSA says emits 10,000 times less radio frequency than a cell phone, the machine scans a traveler and a robotic image is generated that allows security personnel to detect potential threats -- and, some fear, more -- beneath a person's clothes.

TSA officials say privacy concerns are addressed in a number of ways. The one working the machine never sees the image, which appears on a computer screen behind closed doors elsewhere; and the remotely located officer who sees the image never sees the passenger.

"It is proven technology, and we are highly confident in its detection capability." Late last month, freshman Rep.

Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced legislation to ban these machines.

"It's stupid to spend money so terrorists can change plans," he said by phone from Poland, where he was speaking at a conference.

If terrorists are swayed from going through airports, they'll just target other locations, such as a hotel in Mumbai, India, he said. and back to pre-9/11 levels of airport security," he said.

She added that the long-term goal is not to see more of people, but rather to advance the technology so that the human image is like a stick-figure and any anomalies are auto-detected and highlighted. courthouses and in airports in the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Thailand and the Netherlands.

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