New Airport Technology Very Revealing

New Airport Technology Very Revealing

Posted: Jul 15, 2010 8:23 PM MST Updated: Jul 16, 2010 10:07 AM MST

Boise, Idaho — A trip through Boise Airport security may take a little longer in the short term.
The airport is testing out it’s newest technology — consider it the new metal detector — only it can find more than metal. In fact, the new scans leave nothing to the imagination.

But safety comes first these days, and Thursday TSA unveiled their latest security gadget.
“This will be the primary method of screening passengers at Boise Airport,” said Andrew Coose, TSA Idaho Federal Security Director.
It’s called Backscatter Advanced Imaging Technology. Basically it’s an x-ray machine that can see just about everything except your bones.
“It penetrates the first layer of clothes, bounces off the skin, the surface of the body, and then gives an image of the front and the back of the body to detect if there’s anything hidden under the clothing,” said Coose.

The scan itself takes about 5 seconds. Addressing privacy concerns, TSA doesn’t allow people at the scanners to see the scans.
“The officer viewing the image is in a remote location and unable to see the passenger physically,” said Coose.
Coose said the technology can replace pat downs, a reason he said it’s a much more popular option for travelers who’ve been put through it so far.
Raising some concern, however, is the fact that the new device isn’t exactly going to streamline the security process.

“While it’s new and we’re working our way through and getting passengers used to it and getting our officers used to it, it may be a little bit slower,” said Coose.
You don’t have to use the machines. People going through security can opt for the standard metal detector and a pat down.
Each machine costs about $130,000 to $170,000, paid for by stimulus money. By years end, there will be 500 of these machines in airports across the country.

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