airport-300x201The Transportation Security Administration Friday announced the deployment of a millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology unit at the Colorado Springs Airport.

The machine is equipped with automated target recognition software designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images while improving throughput capabilities and streamlining the checkpoint screening process, according to a news release issued by the TSA.

“The ability to safely detect metallic and non-metallic threats that could be concealed under layers of clothing provides TSA Officers with an additional tool to keep passengers safe,”  said TSA Assistant Federal Security Director Sam Sheesley.

“This advanced technology is designed to enhance passenger privacy and we believe this will add another feature to the ease of flying at COS,” said Heather Lenard, marketing and communications manager for the airport.

Advanced Imaging Technology 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 clothing. This technology has led to the detection of prohibited, illegal or dangerous items at checkpoint nationwide since January 2010.

Imaging technology screening is safe, and the technology meets all known national and international health and safety standards, the release stated.

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In September 2011, TSA purchased 300 millimeter wave units equipped with automated target recognition. Currently, there are approximately 731 Advanced Imaging Technology units at 159 airports nationwide.