New security scanners designed to protect passenger privacy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

New security scanners designed to protect passenger privacy

Lubbock's new A.T.R. scanners focus attention on specific anomalies. (KCBD File Photo) Lubbock's new A.T.R. scanners focus attention on specific anomalies. (KCBD File Photo)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The scene is the same every time you go through airport security. Empty your pockets, take off your belt and hop around till you get your shoes off. Travelers at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport are in for a change.

The Transportation Security Administration unveiled new body scanners on Tuesday. They say the technology will keep the skies safe while still respecting passenger privacy. The new software is called Automated Target Recognition or A.T.R. Unlike the controversial scanners of the past, the images generated from these scanners are less invasive.

TSA Public Affairs Officer Luis Casanova assures passengers that the images are generic

"We've never been interested in seeing the image of the person. All we're looking for is an anomaly under their clothes."

The passengers only endure a pat-down if the machine detects something out of the ordinary. Passengers are able to view the exact image that officers are looking at.

Passengers traveling on Tuesday seemed to embrace the new additions. Most passengers seem willing to embrace change if they think it will make the skies safer.

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