Santa Fe Regional Airport gets state-of-the-art checkpoint screening equipment

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Local Press Release
Friday, April 13, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. – The Transportation Security Administration today announced the deployment of the latest checkpoint screening technology to Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF).

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 SAF 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 Regional Public Affairs Manager Carrie Harmon. “We’re pleased to bring this technology to passengers flying out of Santa Fe.”

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.

In addition, AIT 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.