New scan technology in use at FD airport

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5 Mar 2017


CHAD THOMPSON

The latest checkpoint screening technology is in use at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

AIT-2 next-generation technology screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing.

AIT stands for Advanced Imaging Technology.

The screening is done without physical contact.

The TSA began using the technology in Fort Dodge about a week ago.

Fort Dodge was the first of the other six Iowa commercial service airports to have the new smaller AIT-2 units installed.

The Des Moines International Airport and the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids have the larger AIT-1 units.

In addition to software upgrades that enable the detection of smaller objects, AIT-2 systems take up less space than the original AIT-1 units.

“Advanced imaging technology is an important tool in detecting current and evolving threats,” David Dailey, TSA’s federal security director for Iowa, said. “We are pleased to offer this technology to passengers flying out of Fort Dodge.”

All AIT units have automated target recognition software, designed to enhance privacy.

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