Charleston airport security now using body scanners

Published: Feb. 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Transportation Security Administration will now begin using body scanning machines at Charleston International Airport.

The advanced imaging technology safely screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including explosives. With the machine, TSA agents do not need to make physical contact with the passenger, but can still keep the traveling public safe.

The machines at Charleston International Airport include privacy-enhancing software known as automated target recognition. When a potential threat item is detected a generic outline of a person will appear on a monitor attached to the advanced imaging technology unit highlighting any areas that require additional screening. If no anomalies are detected, an "OK" appears on the screen with no outline displayed.

The new software is designed to further enhance passenger privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images and instead auto-detecting potential threat items. By eliminating the image of an actual passenger and replacing it with a generic outline of a person, passengers are able to view the same outline that the TSA officer sees.

There are approximately 575 advanced imaging technology units at about 130 airports nationwide. The machines at Charleston International Airport are part of the recent purchase of an additional 300 millimeter wave machines.

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