19 JUNE 2017
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Testing began in the US last week of new state-of-the-art 3D CT screening technology that could make it possible for passengers to leave liquids, gels and aerosols, as well as laptops, in their carry-on bags at all times.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working in collaboration with American Airlines on a computed tomography (CT) scanner in one checkpoint lane of Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The TSA says CT checkpoint scanning can enhance threat detection capabilities by providing a 3D image that can be viewed and rotated for a more thorough analysis.
The equipment is already used for checked baggage, and the smaller checkpoint-sized machines are expected to provide the same high level of security.
American’s senior vice-president for customer experience Kerry Philipovitch said: “Enhancing aviation security is a shared responsibility, and we appreciate the TSA’s partnership in testing this new equipment at our Phoenix hub.”
The new CT screening equipment shoots hundreds of X-ray images with a camera that spins around the conveyor belt to give pictures of carry-on bags and applies sophisticated algorithms to detect explosives, firearms and other banned items.
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