The Transportation Security Administration is planning to test new scanners at select U.S. airport checkpoints, which could mean changes to the normal security routine for travelers.
According to a news release, the TSA is trying out computed tomography scanners (CT), a state-of-the-art 3-D technology.
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The new technology is designed to help in the detection of critical explosives and other threat items. It should result in fewer bag checks, and passengers may be able to leave laptops and liquids in their carry-on bags in the future.
“TSA is committed in getting the best technology to enhance security and improve the screening experience. Use of CT technology substantially improves TSA’s threat detection capability at the checkpoint,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “By leveraging strong partnerships with industry, we are able to deploy new technology quickly and see an immediate improvement in security effectiveness.”
To start, 15 units will be deployed to the following airports, but there are plans to have 40 units in place at airports across the nation by the end of the year:
- Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
- Houston Hobby Airport (HOU)
- Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- McCarran International Airport (LAS)
- Oakland International Airport (OAK)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- San Diego International Airport (SAN)
- St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
- Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
The TSA began testing CT in 2017 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport. A third unit was recently deployed to John F. Kennedy International Airport.