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AIT: Frequently Asked Questions

Traveler's Guide

Q. What is Advanced Imaging Technology?

A. Advanced imaging technology safely screens passengers for both metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons and explosives, which may be concealed under a passengers’ clothing without physical contact to keep the traveling public secure.

Q. How does the imaging technology screening process work?

A. Each passenger will be asked to take everything out of their pockets (including non-metallic items) and walk into the imaging portal. Once inside, they will be asked to stand in a position and remain still for a few seconds while the technology creates an image in real time. Passengers then exit the opposite side of the portal and collect belongings. The entire process takes a matter of seconds.

Millimeter wave imaging technology uses harmless electromagnetic waves to detect potential threats, which are highlighted on a generic outline of a person appearing on a monitor attached to the unit. If no anomalies are detected, an “OK” appears on the screen with no outline.

Q. Is imaging technology safe?

A. Advanced imaging technology is safe and meets national health and safety standards. In fact, the energy emitted by millimeter wave technology is 1000 times less than the international limits and guidelines.

Q. What has TSA done to protect my privacy?

A. TSA has implemented strict measures to protect passenger privacy, which is ensured through the anonymity of the image.

Automated target recognition (ATR) software detects any metallic and non-metallic threats concealed under a passenger’s clothing by displaying a generic outline of a person on a monitor attached to the AIT unit highlighting any areas that may require additional screening. The generic outline of a person will be identical for all passengers. If no anomalies are detected, an “OK” appears on the screen with no outline.

Q. Is imaging technology optional?

A. Yes. Imaging technology is a highly effective security tool, which can detect both metallic and non-metallic items that may pose a threat to aviation security. AIT is a proven technology and TSA is highly confident in its detection capability.

Q. Where are imaging technology machines located?

A. Currently, there are 740 Advanced Imaging Technology machines located at nearly 160 airports nationwide.

Airports that have, or are scheduled to receive, imaging technology:

  • Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)
  • Albany International Airport (ALB)
  • Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
  • Amarillo International Airport (AMA)
  • Atlantic City International Airport (ACY)
  • Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB)
  • Austin-Bergstrom Airport (AUS)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Bangor International Airport (BGR)
  • Baton Rouge Airport (BTR)
  • Billings Logan International Airport (BIL)
  • Bishop International Airport (FNT)
  • Blue Grass Airport (LEX)
  • Boise Airport (BOI)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Bozeman Gallatin Field Airport (BZN)
  • Bradley International Airport (BDL)
  • Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO)
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
  • Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR)
  • Burlington International Airport (BTV)
  • Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Cedar Rapids Eastern Iowa Airport (CID)
  • Charleston International Airport (CHS)
  • Charleston Yeager Airport (CRW)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA)
  • Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Cleveland International Airport (CLE)
  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP)
  • Cyril E King Airport (STT)
  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)
  • Dayton International Airport (DAY)
  • Daytona Beach Airport (DAB)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Des Moines International Airport (DSM)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • El Paso International Airport (ELP)
  • Eugene Airport (EUG)
  • Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS)
  • Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA)
  • Fresno Air Terminal Airport (FAT)
  • General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport (MKE)
  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)
  • Greenville/Spartanburg Airport (GSP)
  • Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT)
  • Harlingen/Valley International Airport (HRL)
  • Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Hector International Airport (FAR)
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • Houston William Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • Huntsville International Airport (HSV)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • John Wayne International Airport (SNA)
  • Juneau International Airport (JNU)
  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
  • Key West International Airport (EYW)
  • Knoxville McGee Tyson Airport (TYS)
  • Kona International Airport (KOA)
  • La Guardia International Airport (LGA)
  • LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT)
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Lansing Capital City Airport (LAN)
  • Laredo International Airport (LRD)
  • Lihue Airport (LIH)
  • Little Rock National Airport (LIT)
  • Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
  • Louisville International Airport (SDF)
  • Lubbock International Airport (LBB)
  • Luiz Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
  • Manchester Airport (MHT)
  • McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE)
  • McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Medford Rogue Valley International Airport (MFR)
  • Melbourne International Airport (MLB)
  • Memphis International Airport (MEM)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Midland International Airport (MAF)
  • Mineta San José International Airport (SJC)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Missoula International Airport (MSO)
  • Mobile Regional Airport (MOB)
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)
  • Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
  • Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA)
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Omaha Eppley Field Airport (OMA)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW)
  • Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
  • Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport (PNS)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Phoenix Williams Gateway Airport (IWA)
  • Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Portland International Jetport (PWM)
  • Provo Municipal Airport (PVU)
  • Quad City International Airport (MLI)
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC)
  • Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA)
  • Rochester International Airport (MN) (RST)
  • Rochester International Airport (NY) (ROC)
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
  • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • Sioux Falls Airport (FSD)
  • Southbend Regional Airport (SBN)
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
  • Spokane International Airport (GEG)
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
  • Stewart International Airport (SWF)
  • T.F. Green Airport (PVD)
  • Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Toledo Express Airport (TOL)
  • Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Westchester County Airport (HPN)
  • Will Rogers World Airport (OKC)
  • Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

Q. Where else is advanced imaging technology used?

A. Domestic locations:

  • Colorado Springs Court House (CO)
  • Cook County Court House (IL)
  • Department of Corrections facility (PA)
  • Douglas County Colorado Justice Center
  • Montana State Prison
  • Utah State Correctional Facility

International locations: Advanced imaging technology is used in hundreds of locations around the world in aviation and mass transit environments, including Canada, France, the Netherlands, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Additional Information

If you need additional information, please e-mail the TSA Contact Center at TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov or call 866-289-9673

Latest revision: 26 April 2014