One of Houston’s busy airports will soon be getting the high tech, full body screening devices at passenger screening checkpoints that have stirred so much controversy over privacy.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that 20 additional airports will be receiving the advanced imaging technology devices this summer.
Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport is one of the recipients.
A total of 58 of the so-called “Advanced Imaging Technology’ (AIT) units are already deployed at 24 airports nationwide.
“Deploying advanced imaging technology at these airports strengthens our ability to protect the traveling public in the face of evolving threats to aviation security,” Napolitano said.
Federal spending through the $787 billion, two-year economic stimulus package enacted last year enables the department of homeland security to continue “accelerated deployment of enhanced technology as part of our layered approach to security at airports nationwide,” Napolitano said.
The screening devices are designed to check passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats such as weapons and explosives concealed beneath their clothing.
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