Less revealing screening coming to RDU

Posted July 20, 2011 1:22 p.m. EDT
Updated July 20, 2011 1:27 p.m. EDT

— New software at Raleigh-Durham International Airport's security checkpoints will provide screening without invading travelers' privacy, the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.

The TSA is installing the Automated Target Recognition software on the imaging machines at RDU and 39 other airports nationwide in the coming weeks.

The software replaces the exact image of a passenger's body with a generic outline of a person and indicates the location of a weapon or other potential threat on the body, officials said. Additional screening would be done whenever a threat is detected.

Many passengers objected to the images on the screening machines as too revealing, choosing instead to submit to pat-downs by TSA personnel.

Instead of showing the image to a TSA screener located in a separate room, the new system also will display the generic image to both the passenger and a security officer nearby.

"TSA constantly strives to explore and implement new technologies that enhance security and strengthen privacy protections for the traveling public,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a statement.