TSA said that by June 1 it will remove all Rapiscan advanced imaging technology (AIT) units currently deployed at airports and replace them with L-3 AIT units equipped with automated target recognition (ATR) capability.
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 contained a requirement for all AIT units to be equipped with ATR by June 1, 2012, and TSA extended the deadline to June 1, 2013. TSA said that the decision to replace the Rapiscan units is "due to Rapiscan's inability to meet the extended deadline." The agency stressed that the decision is based solely on the congressional requirement and is in no way related to safety or security.
"We are pleased to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement with the TSA," OSI Systems President and CEO Deepak Chopra commented. Rapiscan Systems is a division of OSI. "We have had a close working relationship with TSA and its predecessor agencies for the better part of two decades, during which time we have together pioneered many of the transportation security technologies in use today. As we continue that relationship, we look forward to continuing to provide leading-edge technologies and services to the TSA," Chopra said.