LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A new and reportedly non-blush-inducing airport security scanner could be coming to an airport near you — just not to the nation’s third-busiest travel hub.
The Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday unveiled new software for airport body scans that could make those controversial airport scanners less intrusive.READ MORE: Irvine Man, 67, Killed In Solo-Vehicle Crash In Tustin
“[The device] essentially makes a cookie-cutter image for every passenger that comes through that’s viewable at the security checkpoint,” said the TSA’s Nico Melendez.
Melendez said the automated target recognition software allows security agents to spot any “threat item” on a person without actually seeing the image of the person.READ MORE: LA To Offer Appointment-Free COVID-19 Vaccines At City-Run Sites
But as KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman reports, passengers traveling through Los Angeles International Airport aren’t likely to see the new devices anytime soon.
While other local airports may soon see upgrades to the millimeter wave imaging scanners in the near future, LAX will not benefit from the software upgrade because the technology utilizes an entirely different kind of scanner.
“We don’t have the software available yet for the backscatter machine,” said Melendez. “Hopefully, we will be able to announce that soon, but right now we don’t have an announcement for LAX.”MORE NEWS: Flower Shortage Drives Up Costs This Mother's Day
Ontario and Palm Springs airports are slated to receive the new software upgrades in coming weeks.