The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun using a new computed tomography (CT) scanner in the security checkpoint at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, and another at Quad City International Airport.
“The technology employs a sophisticated algorithm to analyze the content of each bag and allows TSA officers to rotate the image and ascertain that no threats are contained in the bag without needing to open the suitcase,” said TSA Federal Security Director Pete Garcia. “Reducing the number of bags that need to be manually inspected to resolve a possible threat, means fewer touchpoints during the pandemic.”
When the CT unit is in use, travelers do not need to remove electronics, food or travel-size liquids from carry-on luggage. Passengers in the TSA Precheck program have that benefit regardless of whether the CT unit is in use and all travelers are encouraged to sign up for the program.
“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with TSA and the recent upgrades to our checkpoint, which build on providing an even safer and more convenient experience for our travelers,” said Greg Donovan, executive director at Orlando Melbourne International Airport. “This is just a glimpse of what’s to come with our terminal expansion project that is underway to prepare for increases in passenger traffic. Plans for a new and expanded TSA checkpoint, along with advanced technology like this, including touchless protocols, will more than double our throughput capabilities.”