TSA expands testing of AS&E's SmartCheck personnel screening system to Los Angeles International Airport

BILLERICA, Mass., 13 May 2008. American Science and Engineering Inc.'s privacy-enhanced SmartCheck Personnel Screening System will be used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in its next pilot test of passenger screening systems at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

AS&E's SmartCheck provides security by screening for a wide variety of threats concealed on a passenger, while ensuring their privacy. The SmartCheck system creates an image that looks like a chalk outline of the passenger with threats and contraband outlined, but does not reveal facial features. Additionally, the SmartCheck systems installed in LAX and Phoenix cannot store, export, print, or transmit images.

"We are pleased to begin another phase of testing with TSA and to assist in their mission to safeguard air travel," says Anthony Fabiano, AS&E's president and CEO. "SmartCheck provides TSA with a comprehensive, safe, non-intrusive, easy, and highly effective way to detect plastic and liquid explosives, weapons, and other contraband while ensuring travelers' privacy."

TSA began piloting the SmartCheck system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in February 2007 for secondary screening, on a voluntary basis, and as an alternative to traditional pat-down searches. To date, approximately 90 percent of passengers have opted for screening using SmartCheck rather than undergoing a pat-down.

The privacy image provides operators with information to identify the nature and location of any threats, but it will not show revealing images of the screened individual. The privacy image shows an outline of the passenger and outlines any potential threats on the person, more like a chalk drawing than a real person.

SmartCheck scan is a voluntary option for passengers undergoing secondary screening as an alternative to the pat down procedures currently conducted by Transportation Security Officers at the security screening checkpoint.

The SmartCheck system uses Z Backscatter x-ray technology.

SmartCheck meets the manufacturer's requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard N43.17, which is the standard that the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) references for systems such as SmartCheck.

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