New advanced technology computed tomography (CT) checkpoint scanners that provide 3-D imaging have been installed at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at Niagara Falls International Airport.
“The new units provide critical explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint,” said Bart R. Johnson, the TSA Federal Security Director for Upstate New York.
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.
Checkpoint CT technology should result in fewer bag checks. Passengers using this machine at Niagara Falls will be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags.
“TSA remains committed to getting the best technology to enhance security and improve the screening experience. Our officers’ use of CT technology substantially improves our threat detection capability at the checkpoint,” Johnson said. “TSA’s current screening technology for carry-on bags uses 2-D images. The CT technology applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives, including liquid explosives and other threat items.”
This 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.