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TSA announces deployment of imaging technology at Colorado Springs Airport

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September 4, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the deployment of a millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) unit at the Colorado Springs Airport (COS). The machine is equipped with automated target recognition (ATR) software designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images while improving throughput capabilities and streamlining the checkpoint screening process.

"TSA is pleased to bring this technology to the Colorado Springs Airport,” said TSA Assistant Federal Security Director Sam Sheesley. "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."

"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.

AIT 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. In fact, the energy emitted by millimeter wave technology is 1000 times less than international limits and guidelines.

In September 2011, TSA purchased 300 millimeter wave units equipped with ATR. Currently, there are approximately 731 AIT units at 159 airports nationwide.

Contact: Carrie Harmon
TSA Public Affairs; 303-204-2134

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