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A next-generation Enhanced Advanced Imaging Technology for checkpoint security screening has been operated for the first time in a US airport. Denver International Airport (DIA), in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), started employing the advanced imaging technology (eAIT), a nonionizing radio-frequency energy in the millimeter spectrum, to screen passengers without physical contact for metallic and nonmetallic objects including weapons and explosives concealed under clothing.
Scanning takes less than a second, and passengers can keep their arms down and close to their sides. Passengers needing additional screening are moved to a separate area to be cleared by a TSA officer.
The radio frequency meets national health and safety standards, as reported by homelandprepnews.com.
With its three different resolution screens, agents will get a better view of what people are carrying. “The real speed is the determination on whether there’s a threat item on the body and that’s much quicker – seconds quicker – but when you’re processing over 70,000 passengers a day – seconds make a difference,” said Larry Nau, with the TSA Federal Security office, according to kdvr.com.
“Our strong partnership with TSA has allowed us to once again bring in new screening technology to (Denver) that will improve the passenger screening process while enhancing security,” airport CEO Kim Day said. “Much like the new automated screening lanes installed this fall, we will test this new screening equipment in hopes of a wider implementation.”