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3-D Airport Checkpoint Scanners Activated in New York

June 10, 2022 • 12:12 pm CDT
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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced yesterday that (8) state-of-the-art advanced technology computed tomography (CT) scanners were installed at the airport checkpoint at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF).

Thes innovative scanners provide 3-D imaging providing critical detection capabilities for screening carry-on items.

The system applies sophisticated algorithms for detecting explosives by creating a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated 360 degrees on three axes for thorough visual image analysis by a transportation security officer.

This new technology makes such a clear image of a bag's contents that the system can automatically detect unapproved items, including liquids, with 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.

It takes a few extra seconds for the TSA officer to view the image and rotate it to better understand its contents.

However, in most instances, rotating the image allows the TSA officer to identify an item inside the bag and clear it without needing to open it for inspection.

"TSA remains committed to getting the best technology to enhance security and improve the screening experience. For example, our officers' use of CT technology substantially improves our threat detection capability at the checkpoint," said Bart R. Johnson, TSA's Federal Security Director for Upstate New York, in a press release on June 9, 2022.

"Previously, our screening technology for carry-on bags used 2-D images."

The CT technology applies advanced algorithms for detecting explosives, including liquids and other threat items."

Checkpoint CT technology should result in fewer bag checks.

However, if a bag requires further screening, a transportation security officer will inspect it to ensure that a threat item is not contained inside.

The CT units have a slightly smaller entry tunnel, and not all larger carry-on bags will fit into the units.

Therefore, TSA recommends that large carry-on items be checked with the airline.

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