American Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have announced that they are testing a 3D scanner for carry-on bags at New York’s JFK Airport. The device is based on computed tomography (CT) technology.
A new computed tomography (CT) scanner is currently being trialled at the security checkpoint at New York JFK Airport’s Terminal 8. Developed by Analogic Corporation, the scanner has been described by American Airlines as “state of the art”. Its 3D CT technology represents a significant improvement on standard two-dimensional X-ray scanners used across the world, as reported by Air Journal.
According to the US carrier, CT technology offers an improved detection capability, allowing operators to rotate images through 360 degrees so that the contents of carry-on bags can be viewed from all angles. American Airlines said this should provide a more effective way for agents to inspect bags for explosives and other prohibited items.
The carrier added that CT technology will enable more effective threat detection and enhance the overall effectiveness of security. The new machines could allow passengers to leave liquids, gels, aerosols, and laptops in bags when passing through security checkpoints.
National then global roll-out
CT scanners are also being trialled by the TSA at Phoenix and Boston airports and are likely to be rolled out quickly across the country and overseas as a key component of airport security. “Use of CT technology substantially improves TSA′s threat detection capability at a checkpoint.” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in a press release. “This partnership will allow us to deploy new technology quickly and see an immediate improvement in security effectiveness.”
“At American, we are always looking at ways to invest in technology that raises the bar on global aviation security while improving the customer experience,” commented José Freig, American's chief security officer.
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