The Transportation Security Administration has installed a new device at the Albuquerque Sunport that essentially takes pictures of passengers through their clothes.
A screener sitting in a remote room with no windows will then view the image of passengers’ bodies to assure that no one is carrying contraband aboard a flight.
The images are then immediately deleted.
“Probably the biggest advantage to this is it’s another layer of security and another enhancement to the screening process,” says Sunport TSA spokeswoman Maggie Santiago.
The Sunport is the fifth airport in the country to get the new technology.
The machine will go on line effective Monday. People who are uncomfortable with the thought of someone looking at images of them without clothes can opt to go through a regular x-ray machine.