Now We See You: Whole Body Imaging at Tulsa International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration brings millimeter wave passenger imaging technology to Tulsa International Airport beginning Wednesday.
The Millimeter Wave Whole Body Imaging technology is one of several screening technologies known as whole body imaging and is a voluntary alternative to a pat-down during secondary screening.
In seconds, the technology detects weapons, explosives and other threat items concealed under layers of clothing without physical contact.
The machine, manufactured by L-3, uses electromagnetic waves to generate an image in the energy reflected from the body. Millimeter Wave is used in seven airports nationwide.
The technology works using beams of radio frequency energy in the millimeter wave spectrum. They are projected over the body’s surface at high speed from two antennas simultaneously as they rotate around the body.
The RF energy reflected back from the body or other objects on the body is used to construct a three-dimensional image. With facial features blurred for privacy, is displayed on a remote monitor for analysis.
A passenger walks into the wave portal. Once inside, they will be asked to stand in two different positions and remain still for just a few moments while the technology creates a three-dimensional image of the passenger in real time. Once complete, the passenger exits the opposite side.

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