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New Imaging Technology Debuts at Melbourne International

12/16/2010  |  Melbourne, FL

Melbourne International Airport today became one of the first 75 airports nationwide to add state-of-the-art Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) to the TSA’s toolbox to keep MLB travelers safe.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration began deploying more than 450 units earlier this year as an upgrade to passenger screening. The new AIT technology can detect a wide range of threats to transportation security in a matter of seconds using backscatter or millimeter-wave technology.

“We strive to provide the highest level of security for our passengers,” said airport Executive Director Richard Ennis. “Our local TSA employees are some of the best in the country, having been nationally recognized for their professionalism and cooperation with this airport.”

Earlier this year, the airport and its local TSA partner earned the coveted Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) “star” status, making it the nation’s first airport/TSA team to receive the designation.

The passenger-friendly screening technology has been determined to be safe for all, including children, pregnant women and individuals with medical implants.

After evaluations by the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and others, the technology has met national health and safety standards

Both technologies have undergone extensive testing and results confirm that radiation doses for the individuals being screened and operators and bystanders were well below the dose limits specified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The energy projected by millimeter wave technology is thousands of times less than a cell phone transmission. A single screen using backscatter technology produces exposure equivalent to two minutes of flying on an airplane.

TSA has adopted strict privacy safeguards to protect passenger privacy and ensure anonymity. AIT screening is optional for all passengers. Those who opt out will receive alternative screening, including a physical pat-down.

Since imaging technology has been deployed at airports, more than 99 percent of passengers choose to be screened, according to the TSA. A November 2010 CBS News Poll found that 4 of 5 Americans support the use of advanced imaging technology at airports nationwide.







Source: CBS News

Additionally, passengers with joint replacements that would regularly set off a metal detector alarm often prefer this technology because it is quicker and less invasive than a pat down.

For additional information, go to www.tsa.gov.

About Melbourne International Airport

Melbourne International Airport serves east Central Florida, including Brevard and Indian River counties, and is responsible for generating more than $1 billion per year in economic activity.  The airport, which has three runways and a 200,000-square-foot terminal, currently serves Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Direct Air, US Airways, Baer Air and AirGate Aviation.  For more information, visit www.mlbair.com.

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