[ RadSafe ] Airport Passenger Screening Using Backscatter X-Ray Machines: Compliance with Standards | The National Academies Press

Cary Renquist cary.renquist at ezag.com
Thu Oct 8 10:53:37 CDT 2015

Haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but looks like they finally used appropriate detectors for the evaluation...

Committee on Airport Passenger Screening: Backscatter X-Ray Machines; National Materials and Manufacturing Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Passenger screening at commercial airports in the United States has gone through significant changes since the events of September 11, 2001. In response to increased concern over terrorist attacks on aircrafts, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed security systems of advanced imaging technology (AIT) to screen passengers at airports. To date (December 2014), TSA has deployed AITs in U.S. airports of two different technologies that use different types of radiation to detect threats: millimeter wave and X-ray backscatter AIT systems. X-ray backscatter AITs were deployed in U.S. airports in 2008 and subsequently removed from all airports by June 2013 due to privacy concerns. TSA is looking to deploy a second-generation X-ray backscatter AIT equipped with privacy software to eliminate production of an image of the person being screened in order to alleviate these concerns.


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Cary.renquist at ezag.com

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