The Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) was one of 29 airports to receive the recently purchased millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines from the TSA. To keep the traveling public safe, the advanced imaging technology safely screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including explosives, without physical contact.
The machine now installed at BTR includes privacy-enhancing software known as automated target recognition. When a potential threat item is detected, a generic outline of a person will appear on a monitor attached to the advanced imaging technology unit highlighting any areas that require additional screening. If no anomalies are detected, an "OK” appears on the screen with no outline displayed.
The new software is designed to further enhance passenger privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images and instead auto-detecting potential threat items. By eliminating the image of an actual passenger and replacing it with a generic outline of a person, passengers are able to view the same outline that the TSA officer sees.
There are nearly 500 advanced imaging technology units at 80 airports nationwide. The machine now installed at Baton Rouge is part of the recent purchase of an additional 300 millimeter wave machines.