If you’re at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield these days, and you’re told to put your hands up, it’s not what you think. The airport has a new high-tech security device in place.
It’s a machine that makes an anonymous image your body. For some, it’s controversial because it’s an image that sees through your clothing.
It’s a fairly simple procedure. An officer instructs you to step inside. You hold your arms above your head in a diamond shape, turn to the side, and wait. The image the security agent sees on his or her monitor does not include the face.
After 5 to 7 seconds, you’re on your way – unless screeners see something questionable.
The TSA's Michael Kudlacz says the new post 9/11 technology is the best yet to deal with known and emerging threats. “These imaging technologies safely screen passengers from metallic and not metallic threats including other objects that can be safely concealed under layers of clothing."
By the middle of June, one security line in both the north and south terminals will be using the new technology. If passengers opt out, they can go to another line where they will be checked with a metal detector and a full body patdown.
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