Body scan security comes to Omaha
Advanced Imaging Technology will be in effect Friday morning.
The technology has been tested at other airports for about two years and with the help of some stimulus dollars, it'll be at the Omaha airport.
Advanced Imaging Technology is a different way to pass through security than what most people are used to. When the passenger steps into the machine, it will reveal to the operator anything could be hidden under the clothing on the skin.
The body scan can only be seen in a room with just one TSA agent in it. If there's nothing wrong you, you're free to go. The image isn't saved or copied and can't be distributed. If the agent does see something out of the ordinary, the agent will radio another and they'll figure out what's wrong and go from there.
Some frequent flyers who have already tried it say they don't like it. Brian McGuire says, “this has already started in Indianapolis and it's a little more time consuming and a bit of an invasion of privacy.”
Travelers who agree with McGuire can opt out, and that's where the problem lies for Josh Brusin. He says he has no issue with people looking at the scan of his body. “I trust that the people who are deciding to use it or not are capable of making that decision and that should be up for discussion, ideally they know what they're talking about.”
It's the idea there's an option that bothers Brusin. He believes whichever process works the best should be in place.
The TSA says there's no silver bullet to solve their security issues, but this is one step. TSA Federal Security Director Michael Kudlacz, “TSA has many layers of security; this is the latest addition to those layers of security.”
Once again, this goes into effect Friday morning and it is optional.