We’re all familiar with the hassle of security screening and immigration checks at the airport. From removing personal items in your pockets to the inconvenience of having to unpack electronic devices in carry-on bags, it’s inevitable that travellers get frustrated with the differences in screening procedures at different airports.
Fortunately, travellers bound for the United States would be able to breeze through security checks in the near future with the new x-ray technology that would be unveiled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Travellers would eventually be able to leave laptops and liquids in their carry-on bags.
Fifteen airports around the United States of America would soon be implementing new 3D computed tomography (CT) scanners at security checkpoints. These new machines would allow TSA officers to visually inspect and rotate 3D images of each bag passing through the scanners. In the event that a threat is identified in the image, a TSA officer would then remove the bag and perform a manual search for the item. The administration however believes that with the aid of the new technology, there would be fewer physical bag inspections.
In 2017, the TSA has already begun testing the new machines at Phoenix Sky Harbor and Boston’s Logan International airports in 2017. There has also been a third machine installed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Moving forward, the new technology would also be available at these airports: Baltimore-Washington, Chicago O’Hare, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Houston Hobby, Indianapolis, Los Angeles International, McCarran in Las Vegas, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Diego, St. Louis Lambert, and Washington-Dulles.
It is expected that 40 new machines would be available at airports around the USA by the end of the year and the TSA envisages to have more than 145 operational machines in airports come 2020.