New security technology coming to RDU
Updated at 12:59 PM today
RALEIGH (WTVD) --
There is some new security technology coming to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
On Monday, the Transportation Security Administration demonstrated
new advanced imaging technology software that they say will make it
easier for airport security to detect a threat.
If you are an
air traveler, you know the routine - everybody walks through a metal
detector and their carryon baggage gets a close look from TSA screeners.
If you are picked at random, there's the full body scanner - which some
say is a little invasive.
Those people will be happy to know
about the new advanced imaging technology, or AIT software, that will be
installed at RDU and other airports.
"It'll be the exact same
AIT scanner that everyone has gone through here at RDU, but they'll see
the image right here at AIT instead of in a booth," TSA Federal Security
Director Michael Zunk said.
Those booths are where agents currently look closely at scanned images
that resemble photo negatives, but clearly depict male or female
However once the new software is installed, screeners
will not see any images of a real passenger's body. Instead, they will
see unauthorized items the screeners call anomalies that will show up as
generic yellow squares.
"It speeds the process up, because
you're not waiting for the agent that's in the booth monitoring the
image to radio back and tell you it's cleared," Zunk said.
The new software will be up and running at RDU in the coming days.
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