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For Immediate Release
February 29, 2012

Ann Davis, TSA Public Affairs, (617) 733-8437

Avoca, PA - Travelers using the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport now have a new way to be screened at the Airport's Security Checkpoint.

Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled new passenger screening equipment at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) known as advanced imaging technology (AIT).  

Advanced imaging technology safely screens travelers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including explosives, without physical contact and is optional for all passengers. The AIT machine uses harmless electromagnetic waves and includes privacy-enhancing software known as automated target recognition. This software enhances privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images and, instead, identifies anomalies detected during the screening process through a generic, computer-generated outline of a person displayed on a computer monitor attached to the machine. The outline is identical for all passengers.

TSA has ensured strict privacy protections are in place and the technology meets all known national and international health and safety standards.  To date, TSA has deployed approximately 600 advanced imaging technology units to more than 140 airports nationwide.

For more information on advanced imaging technology, click here.

About Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport:
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) is your gateway to Northeastern Pennsylvania, offering area travelers approximately 36 daily arrivals and departures to six major hubs, with one-stop service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. Air service is provided by the following airlines: Continental Connection (Newark); Delta Connection (Atlanta and Detroit); United Express (Chicago-O'Hare); and US Airways Express (Charlotte and Philadelphia). For more information, call 1-877-2FLYAVP (235-9287) or visit our web site at