Louisville is slated to receive new airport passenger scanning equipment.
The Transportation Security Administration will send 300 of the $150,000 Advanced Imaging Technology machines to 16 cities.
The devices are full body scanners, but are different from the controversial backscatter machines that project an image of passengers’ bodies onto a screen for TSA officials to review. Rather, the AITs show an outline of a human form and identify any potential threats.
From Business First:
“The deployment of this technology further strengthens security while also enhancing passenger privacy,” TSA assistant administrator of security capabilities Robin Kane said in a news release. “The ability to safely detect non-metallic threats concealed under layers of clothing provides TSA officers with an invaluable resource.”
The TSA will pay for the machines, but hasn’t yet announced when the devices will be installed or how many will go to each city.