This study deals with issues that could arise, should the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandate the implementation in airports of new passenger screening technologies that are currently available or are being developed. The objectives of this study are: (1) to review all potential automated instrumental methods currently under FAA consideration for passenger screening, (2) to assess aspects of each method that could cause concerns over health risks (e.g., exposure to radiation), privacy, and traveler comfort, in light of current and anticipated health regulations, privacy laws, and public concerns, (3) to consider ways to maintain effectiveness while increasing public acceptance and minimizing health risks, (4) to determine key factors that could affect airport implementation and suggest mitigating strategies, (5) to suggest alternate screening methods for passengers who wish to avoid the automated system, and (6) assess mechanisms for clearing alarms.

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    • Work performed under contract with Federal Aviation Administration.
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    National Academy of Sciences

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    Washington, DC  United States  20418
  • Publication Date: 1996-6


  • English

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309054397
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/FAA/AR-96/52, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: DTFA03-94-C-00068
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1996 12:00AM