TSA tests screening technology at Bush IAH

July 31, 2009 5:19:21 PM PDT
The Transportation Security Administration Friday afternoon began testing two types of advanced screening technology at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The TSA set up millimeter wave and backscatter imaging technologies in Terminal E at Bush Airport. Both machines quickly screen passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats without physical contact. The images go into a room where a security officer can quickly assess any threats.

The whole thing takes 15 seconds.

"Specifically because it's a very thorough technology and it resolves a threat very quickly and very unobtrusively," said Andrea McCauley with the TSA. "Passengers don't need to be touched during the screening procedure."

The imaging tests are 100 percent voluntary. Any passenger who does not want to go through the imaging machines will go through a metal detector and a secondary screening that takes about 15 minutes. The test will last about 60 days.

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