New airport scanning software that reveals weapons without revealing everything else about you is making its debut at the Indianapolis International Airport. The software is an upgrade to the high-tech radio wave scanners which have drawn criticism for producing body images that leave little to the imagination.
The new version projects any suspicious hotspots onto a generic silhouette. You‘ll still face a pat down search if anything shows up. For now, about a quarter of travelers flying out of Indianapolis will go through the upgraded scanner, while TSA officers are trained on the software. TSA Spokesman Jim Fotenos said Indianapolis is the fourth airport to install the software.
“TSA had to make certain that the software met its detection capability, its ability to find anomalies that may be concealed,” said Fotenos. “So we had to do laboratory testing with Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, and we had to field test this.”
All scanners should use the new software within a couple of weeks. Fort Wayne and 36 others will make the switch over the next several months.