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3-D X-Ray Images Screen Checked Luggage

May 1, 2022 • 10:37 am CDT
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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced it completed deploying a fully automated Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) that quickly screens air travelers' luggage.

The CBIS features a network of conveyor belts that sorts and tracks travelers’ checked luggage, moving it seamlessly from the airline ticket counter, through the security screening process, and onto the area where the luggage is loaded onto the aircraft.

The CBIS features two Explosive Detection System (EDS) units that generate a 3-D X-ray image of the contents of each checked bag.

Each EDS unit is capable of screening up to 600 bags per hour.

The EDS is programmed to analyze the contents of a checked bag to determine if it is cleared for travel or needs further inspection.

By law, the TSA screens all checked luggage for explosives and other security threats that could be catastrophic on an aircraft.

And has established processes to screen any bag flagged by the EDS unit and resolve any security threats.

“This new, high-capacity upgrade will ensure that TSA’s screening operations are efficient while delivering the highest level of security, which is something travelers have come to expect,” said TSA Federal Security Director Keith Jeffries in a media statement issued on April 28, 2022.

The CBIS cost $25.5 million and was funded jointly by federal grants and airport revenue.

The Long Beach Airport's new system coincides with the completion of a new ticketing lobby, which will open to passengers on May 4, 2022.

A fact sheet with additional information and statistics on the new CBIS at LGB is available on this weblink.

Additionally, the TSA reported it screened over 1.8 people at airports on April 30, 2022. This throughput is approaching the pre-pandemic productivity of 1.9 people in 2019.

Note: The TSA information was edited for clarity and manually curated for mobile readers.