The TSA has installed a state-of-the-art Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) system checkpoint at Pellston Regional Airport.

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) safely and without physical contact screens passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing. This technology uses non-ionising radio-frequency energy in the millimetre spectrum, which is safe and meets national health and safety standards.

“Advanced Imaging Technology is an important tool in TSA’s continued efforts to improve the passenger screening process while enhancing security operations,” said Reginald Stephens, TSA’s Michigan federal security director.

The airport is fortunate to be getting this equipment upgrade. It’s a big step forward

Ryan Bachelor, Pellston Regional Airport

All AIT units have an algorithm that is designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images. This means the system generates the same generic image for all passengers, streamlines the checkpoint screening process and significantly reduces the number of pat downs due to false alarms.

“We have been working closely with our TSA team and their leadership made it a point to improve technology at our airport,” Pellston Regional Airport director Ryan Bachelor said. “We are excited to receive updated equipment that will not only improve security at the checkpoint, but also improve the passenger experience with less physical contact. The airport is fortunate to be getting this equipment upgrade. It’s a big step forward.”

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