…what they mean is that they shouldn’t because they have a policy against it…
Anyway, Gizmodo used a Freedom of Information Act request and got a hold of 35,000 images that US Marshalls in a courthouse in Florida saved. This technology is less sophisticated that the ones being used by the TSA, but like those images, these ones were not supposed to be capable of being saved, either:
While the fidelity of the scans from this machine are of surprisingly low resolution, especially compared to the higher resolution “naked scanners” using the potentially harmful x-ray backscatter technology, the TSA and other government agencies have repeatedly touted the quality of “Advanced Imaging Technology” while simultaneously assuring customers that operators “cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image.” According to the TSA—and of course other agencies—images from the scanners are “automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer.” Whatever the stated policy, it’s clear that it is trivial for operators to save images and remove them for distribution if they choose not to follow guidelines or that other employees could remove images that are inappropriately if accidentally stored.
Looking forward to seeing your vacation pictures, the TSA says Happy Flying.