WASHINGTON (AP) -- Misusing body scanner images would become a federal crime punishable by up to a year in prison under a proposal approved by the Senate.
The amendment to an aviation bill pending in the Senate was approved Tuesday by a vote of 98-to-0. It would prohibit anyone with access to the scanned body images, whether security personnel or members of the public, from photographing or disseminating those images.
Besides a prison term, violators could be fined up to $100,000 per violation.
The Senate also rejected, by a vote of 51-to-47, an amendment that would have barred airline screeners at the Transportation Security Administration from gaining union rights.
Republicans tried but failed to override the TSA administrator's decision to grant limited collective bargaining rights to about 45,000 TSA workers.
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