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Transportation Security Administration

What is done to protect my privacy during screening?

TSA has implemented strict measures to protect passenger privacy, which is ensured through the anonymity of the image. Automated target recognition software detects any metallic and non-metallic threats concealed under clothing by displaying a generic outline of a person on a monitor attached to the advanced imaging technology unit highlighting any areas that may require additional screening. The generic outline of a person will be identical for all passengers. If there isn’t an alarm, an “OK” appears on the screen with no outline.