“Our top priority is the safety of the traveling public, and TSA constantly strives to explore and implement new technologies that enhance security and strengthen privacy protections for the traveling public,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said Wednesday in a written statement. “This software upgrade enables us to continue providing a high level of security through advanced imaging technology screening, while improving the passenger experience at checkpoints.”
The technology that will be used was tested in February at three airports: Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, Las Vegas's McCarran International and Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, where TSA held a press conference Wednesday to tout the new software.
TSA operates about 500 body scanners, formally called Advanced Imaging Technology machines, at 78 airports across the country. The new software is known as Automated Target Recognition.