Dubuque Regional Airport gets new checkpoint screening equipment

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dubuque, IA – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the deployment of the latest checkpoint screening technology to Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ).

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) safely screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing without physical contact.  The unit deployed to DBQ is a second generation machine with a smaller footprint, known as the AIT-2.

“This 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 Dubuque.”

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.

According to Dubuque Airport Manager Robert Grierson, “This AIT-2 will have the ability to get people through the screening process quickly. This is one of the best tools to protect the flying public from aviation security threats of today and tomorrow.” 

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, these waves emit 10,000 times less energy than a cell phone call.                                                   

Currently, a total of 735 AIT-1 systems and 85 AIT-2 systems have been deployed at 215 airports.