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TSA Introducing New 3D Airport Security Technology

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Sep 24, 2018 11:18:06 AM

airportsecurityThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced new security technology coming to airports this year that may eventually change the way you travel.

The TSA is replacing aging airport X-ray scanners with computed tomography (CT) scanners.  These scanners will allow TSA officers to see through cluttered carry-on bags and zoom in and rotate their views, providing a 360 degree view of the baggage.  This is the same technology used in medical CAT scans. The TSA’s website has more information about the changes.

Other than increased security and better threat-detection technology, there is another potential benefit of the CT scanners to travelers: eventually this may mean that travelers will not have to remove items from their carry-on bags like ipads or laptops.  

The TSA announced that the new technology will be rolled out initially in 15 airports in 2018, after being initially tested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport in 2017:

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Houston Hobby Airport (HOU)airport screening
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

According to the TSA press release, the TSA plans to have up to 40 units in place at airports around the nation by the end of the year, along with 16 units at federal testing facilities. More than 145 will be in airports by the end of fiscal year 2019.


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