TSA to Pilot Test SmartCheck Personnel Screening System

Screening system uses backscatter X-rays, but only provides outline of threats and body


American Science and Engineering Inc (NASDAQ: ASEI), a maker of X-ray detection technology, has said that the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin pilot testing its privacy enhanced SmartCheck personnel screening system today (23 February) at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.

SmartCheck is claimed to provide optimum security by screening for a wide variety of threats concealed on a passenger, while ensuring their privacy. The SmartCheck system creates an image that looks like a chalk outline of the passenger, with threats and contraband outlined, but does not reveal facial features. Additionally, the SmartCheck system installed in Phoenix cannot store, export, print or transmit images.

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(Airline Industry Information -- 02/26/07)