Revealing scanners coming to Lambert Airport

Revealing scanners coming to Lambert Airport

Credit: TSA

This is an image taken by the Backscatter version of an Advanced Imaging Technology scanner.

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Posted on October 6, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 6 at 2:45 PM

(KMOV) --- This is something you might want to know about.

Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration will show off Advanced Imaging Technology scanners coming to Lambert Airport.  According to a news release sent to News 4 the TSA says, "AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) safely screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including explosives, without physical contact.  TSA has ensured strict privacy protections are in place, and the technology is optional for all passengers."

Lambert will get what's called a Backscatter AIT.  Wonder what you look like in Backscatter?  In the attached picture you see why the TSA is stressing 'privacy protections' and the fact the scan is optional.  We didn't blur anything out because it's what screeners will see.

Currently, there are 259 AIT units at 58 airports. TSA plans to deploy 450 AIT units by the end of this year. President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget requests funding for an additional 500 units, for a total of 1,000 units nationwide.

News 4 will attend Thursday's news conference.  You can leave your questions you want answered in a comment to this story.

You can see a demonstration of the technology by clicking here.

 

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