US Buffalo Niagara Airport to Get Full-Body Scanner

17 May 2010 (Last Updated May 17th, 2010 18:30)

Buffalo Niagara International Airport in the US will receive a full-body scanner as part of the US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) plan to increase airport security. The airport will get the backscatter technology unit to screen passengers for metallic and non-metallic th

Buffalo Niagara International Airport in the US will receive a full-body scanner as part of the US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) plan to increase airport security.

The airport will get the backscatter technology unit to screen passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons and explosives that can be concealed under clothing.

It will allow for screening without physical contact and will project low-level X-rays to create an image.

TSA personnel will view the image, which has a privacy algorithm, in a secure location and then delete it.

The advanced imaging technology (AIT) units will be deployed by the TSA at 28 additional airports across the US, funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Other leading airports, including Denver International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, will receive the additional AIT units.

TSA, which has purchased 450 AIT units with ARRA funding to date, has currently deployed 58 of such units at 24 airports in the US.