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(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that Spokane International Airport will receive funding for advanced imaging technology included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds, which will be distributed to 28 airports nationwide, will go toward installing backscatter imaging technology that will be used to screen passengers.

 “Keeping Washington residents safe and keeping our economy moving go hand in hand,” Senator Murray said. “Getting these in-demand, high-tech machines into Spokane’s airport will help address evolving threats and keep the traveling public safe.”

Advanced imaging technology safely screens passengers for both metallic and non-metallic items, including weapons and explosives, by projecting low level X-ray beams over the body to create an image, resembling a chalk etching, which is displayed on the monitor. This system can detect weapons concealed underneath a passenger’s clothing and allows the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to screen without physical contact.

Advanced imaging technology has been in high demand since the Christmas Day bomber boarded a flight with hidden explosive materials.

As a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee, Sen. Murray worked to ensure that investments in our nation’s security were included in the Recovery Act.  Senator Murray voted to pass the Recovery Act on February 13th. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th.