TSA Debuts Advanced Imaging Technology at BNIA

August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 6:43 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 6:43 PM EDT

Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW) - The Transportation Security Administration debuted Tuesday advanced imaging technology at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The imaging technology, also referred to as Backscatter X-ray Technology, unobtrusively screens passengers by scanning their entire bodies and can detect weapons, explosives and other concealed objects through layers of clothing without physical contact.

"This technology is very safe, its equivalent to two minutes of flight at altitude in terms of X-Ray and we've had it evaluated by third parties to ensure its safety," said TSA Spokesperson Ann Davis.

The device will be optional to passengers, but if they choose not to, they will undergo additional levels of screening. To use the device, travelers will simply walk through the machine, stand in place for less than 10 seconds, and their image is then processed in a private and secluded area out of public viewing. TSA official also add extra measures have been put in place to ensure the privacy of passengers.

"We've placed privacy filters in the software, so when the images are projected, faces are completely blurred," added Davis. "We have no way to store, print, or copy the image. When the image is cleared its gone forever."

The BNIA plans to install 4 additional devices in the near future.