TSA Tests Advanced Imaging Software at Airports

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The Transportation Security Administration has started testing new advanced imaging technology software that will ultimately replace current body scanners many have argued are too invasive.

The new software detects both metallic and non-metallic items like explosives, but it does away with actually capturing images of passengers' bodies.

"It speeds the process up, because you're not waiting for the operator that's in the booth monitoring the image to radio back and tell you it's cleared," explained TSA Federal Security Director Michael Zunk.

Plus, the new system is believed to be more efficient because the technology eliminates the need for a private viewing room, and frees up officers that worked there.

The new system shows a generic body outline and can be seen by anyone in the screening area. Any anomaly will appear as a yellow square.

"The image is the same for all passengers," Jonathan Allen, an administration spokesman told The Herald-Sun. "What is highlighted is any area where there is an anomaly that needs to be examined more closely."

The software is currently being integrated on TSA machines in airports across the country.

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