Q. What is advanced imaging technology?
A. Advanced imaging technology safely screens passengers for both metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons and explosives, which may be concealed under a passengers’ clothing without physical contact.
Q. Does imaging technology work?
A. Yes. Imaging technology is a highly effective security tool, which can detect both metallic and non-metallic items that may pose a threat to aviation security. AIT is a proven technology and TSA is highly confident in its detection capability and ability to keep the traveling puble secure.
Q. Is imaging technology safe?
A. Millimeter wave imaging technology meets all known national and international health and safety standards. For comparison, the energy projected by millimeter wave technology is thousands of times less than a cell phone transmission. AIT screening is safe for all passengers, including children, pregnant women and individuals with medical implants.
Q. What has TSA done to protect my privacy?
A. TSA has implemented strict measures to protect passenger privacy, which is ensured through the anonymity of the image. With millimeter wave technology, automated target recognition (ATR) software detects any metallic and non-metallic threats concealed under a passenger’s clothing by displaying a generic outline of a person on a monitor attached to the AIT unit highlighting any areas that may require additional screening. The generic outline of a person will be identical for all passengers. If no anomalies are detected, an “OK” appears on the screen with no outline.
Q. How does the imaging technology screening process work?
A. Each passenger will be asked to take everything out of their pockets (including non-metallic items) and walk into the imaging portal. Once inside, they will be asked to stand in a position and remain still for a few seconds while the technology creates an image in real time. Passengers then exit the opposite side of the portal and collect belongings. The entire process takes a matter of seconds.
Q. Does the process take longer than the metal detector walk-throughs?
A. The difference in processing time between the two different types of machines is only a matter of seconds. The entire imaging process takes between three and five seconds.
Q. Is imaging technology more difficult for people with medical implants?
A. No. Imaging technology can make the screening process easier by minimizing pat-downs. Since the AIT is able to pinpoint the specific area where the implant is located, the TSA officer will only have to pat down that particular spot. Other types of screening may require a full body pat-down. If a passenger feels uncomfortable at any time with a pat-down, they may ask for a private screening.
Q. How does millimeter wave imaging technology work?
A. Millimeter wave imaging technology uses harmless electromagnetic waves to detect potential threats, which are highlighted on a generic outline of a person appearing on a monitor attached to the unit. If no anomalies are detected, an “OK” appears on the screen with no outline.
Q. Is imaging technology optional?
A. Yes, imaging technology screening is optional for all passengers. Passengers who do not wish to receive imagining technology screening will receive alternative screening, including a physical pat-down.