Posted: Oct 6, 2011 2:17 PM by Brian Waldrep
Updated: Oct 6, 2011 2:17 PM
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration announced today that 29 airports, including Metro Airport in Baton Rouge, are set to receive new body-scanning machines with enhanced privacy software.
According to a TSA press release, the new "automated target recognition" software is designed to eliminate passenger-specific images while it looks for security threats. It's also supposed to make the checkpoint screening process faster.
The scanners, which are identical to ones in place at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport, are designed to screen passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing.
A TSA spokesperson said the scanners should be in place at the Baton Rouge Metro airport by the end of October.