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MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI -- New checkpoint screening technology has been installed at Muskegon County Airport, the Transportation Security Administration recently announced.
The new equipment, installed in late February, screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats such as weapons, explosives and other objects that can be concealed under clothing without physical contact.
Muskegon County Airport's new technology is a second-generation machine with a smaller footprint, known as the AIT-2.
Roger Dubuc, TSA's Federal Security director for Western and Northern Michigan, said in a statement Advanced Imaging Technology is an important tool in detecting threats.
"We are pleased to offer this technology to passengers flying out of Muskegon," Dubuc said.
All AIT units have automated target recognition software, which is designed to improve privacy. The software removes passenger-specific images and generates the same one for all passengers.
"This security enhancement is a benefit for customers using the airport for their air travel needs," Airport Manager Jeffrey Tripp said.
Advanced Imaging Technology meets all known national and international health and safety standards. A total of 735 AIT-1 systems and about 85 AIT-2 systems have been installed in more than 215 airports across the United States.