New body scanner coming to Grand Forks International Airport

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live): The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it’s “harmless electromagnetic waves to perform a single scan of a passenger” when referring to new technology being implemented. The new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) body scanner is to be installed at Grand Forks International Airport.

The TSA says it’s going to be used to screen for weapons, explosives and other objects that can be concealed in layers of clothing. This new scanner “is a second generation AIT with a smaller footprint”, referring to machines already in use across airports nationwide.

“The installation of an AIT in the TSA security checkpoint will increase the efficiency of the screening process for passengers departing GFK,” said David Durgan, TSA Federal Security Director for North Dakota said in the news release. “In addition, this technology is another way that TSA is able to detect current and evolving security threats to the aviation system.”

"This equipment is a significant enhancement that will not only increase security, but improve the passenger screening experience,” said Ryan Riesinger, Executive Director of the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority in the news release. “We appreciate TSA's efforts to bring this technology to GFK."

The TSA says each AIT is designed to create “a generic, computer generated outline that is identical for all travelers.” If the scanner detects a concealed item, a yellow box appears on that person’s outline, pointing to where TSA would need to conduct a follow up.

The TSA also says this scanner meets all known health and safety standards.