TSA Deploys New Checkpoint Screening Equipment to Three Nebraska Airports

Local Press Release
Friday, April 14, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed the latest checkpoint screening technology at three airports in Nebraska: Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI), Kearney Regional Airport (EAR), and McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport (MCK).

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) safely screens passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing without physical contact. The state-of-the-art units deployed to GRI, EAR and MCK are second generation machines with a smaller footprint, known as the AIT-2. All AIT units have automated target recognition software, designed to enhance privacy by using the same generic outline for all passengers.

“We are pleased to deploy Advanced Imaging Technology to these three airports,” said Mike Fowler, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Nebraska. “AIT is another tool to keep passengers safe by helping us detect current and evolving threats.”

All AIT units are 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.     

The units at all three airports were installed earlier this week and are all now operational.