BY Kathleen Roberts |

My 1st experience with the advanced imaging technology at airport security

The last time I traveled in early September, the new full-body scanners were not in the Salt Lake City International Airport (at least not to my knowledge). When I encountered them a few days ago at TSA security check point in Terminal Two, I was pleasantly surprised. My curiosity being peaked, I checked out what it was all about and here is what I found:

  • New state-of-the-art advanced imaging technologies detect a wide range of threats to transportation security in a matter of seconds at airports across the country to protect passengers and crews.
  • The pilot program has 46 units at 23 airports across the US
  • This whole body imaging technology is 100 percent optional to all passengers
  • Facial features are blurred for privacy and the image is displayed on a remote monitor for analysis
  • The technology cannot store, print, transmit or save the image
  • Passengers with joint replacements or other medical devices who would regularly alarm a metal detector prefer this technology because it is quicker and less-invasive than a pat down

To see what the image looks like in the remote analysis room, list of airports where the pilot program is being tested, and anything else about the new technology; please go to:
http://www.tsa.gov/approach/tech/imaging_technology.shtm