quarta-feira, dezembro 01, 2010

Mllimeter-wave screening

Airport rolls out full-body scanning
DIA tests a new machine that produces a graphic image some call invasive.
By Jeffrey Leib
The Denver Post

The Transportation Security Administration today will start screening travelers at Denver International Airport using a machine that bounces radio waves off skin to produce a graphic, whole-body image.

The scan aims to reveal weapons, explosives or other items hidden on a passenger's body. But because the image is anatomically explicit, millimeter-wave screening is controversial.

DIA and five other U.S. airports are using the new technology in pilot programs to assess its capabilities, said David Bassett, TSA's federal security director in Denver.

At DIA, passengers will be selected on a "continuous, random" basis for the new screening technique.

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