State-of-the-Art Security Upgrade Makes Traveling Easier, Safer at Montrose Regional Airport
KREX News Room
Montrose- There's some good news for travelers! Montrose Regional Airport has a new security system that's easier and safer for passengers. The Transportation Security Administration says the technology is more efficient and less invasive than traditional security measures.
Officials demonstrated the equipment for NewsChannel 5 exclusively. The scanner is called an Advanced Imaging Technology Machine.
It uses what officials call harmless, electromagnetic waves to screen travelers instead of traditional x-rays or metal detectors. It means more privacy for travelers. "This unit uses a generic, computer-generated image of a person," said TSA Spokesperson Carrie Harman, which eliminates passenger-specific images.
The machine also uses Target Recognition Software to pinpoint possible hazards on a person. "Say you've left something in your pocket; we can do a very targeted search for that item rather that a full body pat-down," Harman said.
The scanner isn't just more polite, it's also more thorough than traditional detectors. "It can screen metallic and non-metallic items that could be concealed under clothing and potentially be a threat," she added. Harman said non-metallic threats could include explosive materials.
Montrose Regional Airport implemented this new system the week of March 5 and so far, officials said the reaction has been extremely popular. "This is safe, fast, effective and very simple for passengers to go through," Harman added.
Officials said that at about three seconds a scan, travelers should be able to fly through security and onto their plane.