A new computed tomography checkpoint scanner (CT) that provides 3-D imaging is coming to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). The new technology provides critical explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint.
The system applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives by creating a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis by a TSA officer. If a bag requires further screening, TSA officers will inspect it to ensure that a threat item is not contained inside.
The new unit is expected to be installed starting the week of January 31. During the installation period, which will take several days, travelers ticketed to fly out of ELM are advised to get to the airport two hours before their scheduled flights.
TSA’s current screening technology for carry-on bags uses 2-D images. The new technology creates such a clear image of a bag’s contents that the system can automatically detect explosives, including liquids, by shooting 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.
Checkpoint CT technology should result in fewer bag checks. Passengers using this machine at ELM Airport will be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags.
The 3-D imaging CT checkpoint scanners have also recently been installed at the TSA checkpoints at Ithaca Tompkins, Ogdensburg and Plattsburg International Airports.