Fort Dodge Regional Airport gets new checkpoint screening equipment

Local Press Release
Monday, February 27, 2017

FORT DODGE, Iowa – The Transportation Security Administration today announced the deployment of the latest checkpoint screening technology to Fort Dodge Regional Airport (FOD).

AIT-2 next-generation technology safely screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing without physical contact. 

“Advanced imaging technology is an important tool in detecting current and evolving threats,” said TSA’s Federal Security Director for Iowa David Dailey. “We are pleased to offer this technology to passengers flying out of Fort Dodge.”

All AIT units have automated target recognition software, designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images while streamlining the checkpoint screening process. This means that the system generates the same generic image for all passengers, regardless of gender, height or weight.

“As a smaller commercial service airport, we are truly grateful to have this new technology installed at our airport,” said Airport Director Rhonda Chambers. “The AIT-2 will provide our passengers with an improved screening experience and reduce the need for pat down searches.” 

Advanced imaging technology is equipped with millimeter wave technology, which uses harmless electromagnetic waves to perform a single scan. The technology meets all known national and international health and safety standards. In fact, the energy emitted by millimeter wave technology is 1,000 times less than the international limits and guidelines.

Currently, a total of 735 AIT-1 systems and 85 AIT-2 systems have been deployed at 215 airports.  TSA started using Advanced Imaging Technology in 2008.