TSA to Deploy Hundreds More Advanced Technology X-Rays and Many More Whole Body Imagers to Airports in Time for Summer Travel

May 13, 2008

TSA today announced plans to deploy hundreds of next generation, multi-view x-ray machines and whole body imagers. These technologies increase the safety of the traveling public and increase the agency's ability to quickly screen millions of travelers, just in time for the busy Summer travel season.

During the next few weeks, the agency will install more than 200 of the faster, clearer x-ray machines to airports including Philadelphia, Washington Dulles and Reagan, Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas and others. These new x-ray machines include multiple views of carry on baggage and a much clearer image, allowing officers to screen carry-on bags with less physical searches.

Millimeter wave whole body imagers will be deployed to several airports in the coming weeks, including Dallas-Ft. Worth, Miami, Detroit, Las Vegas, Washington-Reagan, Denver and others. These technologies allow officers to screen passengers for metallic and non-metallic items without conducting pat-down inspections. Millimeter wave is currently deployed to airports in Phoenix, Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK). At the airports where millimeter wave is currently deployed, more than 90 percent of passengers have chosen the machines over pat-down inspections by officers.

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