Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are looking to improve checkpoint throughput by upgrading from x-ray scanners to CT scanners in the near future.
Computed tomography (CT) technology are able to scan carry-on bags in three-dimensional imaging, allowing TSA officers to manipulate contents to spin 360 degrees and digitally unpack carry-ons. Algorithms are also used to detect suspicious items for weapons and potential explosives - TSA officers can then inspect bags for potential hazardous objects. The new technology could let passengers keep liquids and valuable electronics inside carry-on bags during security screening, which will eliminate the annoying security checkpoint shamble we all know and hate – and keep everyone moving swiftly and safely. Currently, airports are screening 180-200 people per hour in security lanes, but with this new smart lane technology, 350-500 people are expected to be screened per hour.
TSA approved the new baggage scanner back in June, 2017. And gave airports permission in September, 2017 to start testing the new model from different manufacturers. American Airlines was the first to start testing a CT scanner, “ ConnecCT ” manufactured by Analogic, at Phoenix Sky Harbor International, security checkpoints. CT machines have screened checked luggage for 15 years now, and could become the new protocol for carry-on bags and checkpoint security.