Sioux Gateway Airport gets new checkpoint screening equipment

Local Press Release
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sioux City, IA – The Transportation Security Administration(TSA) today announced the deployment of the latest checkpoint screening technology to Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX).

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 SUX is a second generation machine with a smaller footprint, known as the AIT-2.

“Advanced Imaging Technology is an important tool to detect current and evolving threats,” said TSA’s Federal Security Director for Iowa David Dailey. “We’re pleased to bring this technology to passengers flying out of Sioux Gateway.”

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.

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 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.