The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently installed “state-of-the-art” computed tomography (CT) checkpoint scanners at several airports throughout New York state. According to the government agency, the 3-D technology provides critical explosives detection capabilities while requiring fewer bag checks.
TSA installed the new CT scanners at Massena (MSS), Watertown (ART), Ogdensburg (OGS), Plattsburg (PBG), and Ithaca Tompkins (ITH) international airports, as well as Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM).
The system applies sophisticated algorithms to detect explosives by creating a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual analysis by a TSA officer. If a bag requires further screening, TSA officers will inspect it to ensure that a threat item is not contained inside.
“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 Federal Security Director Bart R. Johnson.
According to TSA, the new technology creates such a clear image of a bag’s contents that the system can automatically detect explosives, including liquids, by shooting hundreds of images with an X-ray camera spinning around the conveyor belt to provide TSA officers with the three-dimensional views of the contents of a carry-on bag.
Johnson explained, “The improved on-screen imaging often allows the officers to resolve the alarm, resulting in fewer bags needing to be opened and inspected.”