HOUSTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is conducting tests at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on screening systems designed to protect privacy.
The TSA is testing both millimeter wave and backscatter imaging technologies at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The millimeter wave and backscatter imaging systems are part of an effort to address concerns about privacy while strengthening the ability to detect metallic and non-metallic threats.
TSA is testing the efficiency and the public acceptance of the systems that officials say remotely screen passengers using electromagnetic waves to produce images while reducing the need for pat-down searches.
"State-of-the-art technologies like these are critical tools to ensure the safety of the traveling public," Dempsey Jones, George Bush Intercontinental Airport TSA acting federal security director, said in a statement.
"Imaging technology screens passengers quickly and with a high level of threat detection while managing privacy protections."