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Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) gets new checkpoint screening equipment

Local Press Release
Thursday, May 18, 2017

MOSINEE, Wis. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today the deployment of the latest checkpoint screening technology to Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA).

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

“We are pleased to offer this technology to passengers flying out of Central Wisconsin,” said Mark Lendvay, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Wisconsin. “Passengers will find that Advanced Imaging Technology allows us to screen more quickly and efficiently.”

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.

“At CWA, we continuously strive to live up to our slogan, ‘It’s easier from here’, said Airport Director Brian Grefe. With the AIT-2 investment from our partners at TSA, they are helping us live up to that commitment. Our screening process is now easier, faster, and friendlier. My sincere tanks goes out to TSA leadership for this big step forward in both security and customer service.”

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 733 AIT-1 systems and 126 AIT-2 systems have been deployed at 258 airports.

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