Fri, Sep 09, 2011
Agency Says Older Scanners Will Be Converted Through Software
TSA Administrator John Pistole has announced the expenditure of
about $44.8 million for the purchase of 300 millimeter wave
Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for deployment to
airports nationwide. TSA says the machines will further strengthen
security at US airports. The new machines have automated
target recognition software. These so-called "stick figure"
scanners are designed to eliminate revealing,
TSA says it will take months to get the machines deployed, and
says it will make airport announcements once a schedule is
TSA says it began installing the new software on millimeter wave
imaging technology machines currently in airports to enhance
existing privacy protections. The additional units will be deployed
with the new software installed, and all millimeter wave units
currently in use are in the process of being upgraded. There are
now nearly 500 AIT units at 78 airports nationwide.
AIT is designed to enhance security by safely screening
passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats—including
weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of
TSA emphasizes imaging technology screening is safe for all
travelers, and says the technology meets all known national and
international health and safety standards.
The most recent purchase is part of an existing contract with
L-3 Communications and includes the option to purchase an
additional 200 units.
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