Travelers at Will Rogers World Airport soon will experience the whole-body imaging machines used to screen passengers at many airports across the country.
Kevin Donovan, federal security director for Oklahoma City, said the Transportation Security Administration will begin work Monday to install two advanced imaging technology machines at the east checkpoint and one at the west checkpoint. He anticipates having the machines operational and screeners trained on the technology by March 7.
Travelers can opt out of the screening and instead undergo a more “hands-on” pat-down, he said.
However, 99 percent of passengers choose the advanced screening method.
The screening machines at Will Rogers World Airport will use millimeter wave technology, which is safe for all passengers, including children, pregnant women and people with medical implants, he said, adding that the machines emit 1,000 times less energy than a regular cellphone call.
They will be equipped with automated target recognition software, which displays a generic outline of a passenger with a potential threat. When no potential threat is detected, the screen simply says “OK.”