A new CT scanner at Miami International Airport (MIA) is expected to help relieve the pressure point of security lines within the terminal.
The new scanner has been installed at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint, providing improved explosive-detection capabilities. The system applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives by creating a 3D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis. If a bag requires further screening, TSA officers will inspect it to ensure that it does not contain items that pose a threat.
Lester Sola, MIA director and CEO, said, “We are extremely proud to be one of the first 18 airports chosen by the TSA for this first wave of CT-screening technology deployment. Considering that there are 434 airports nationwide with traditional x-ray screening, we are honoured to be on the frontline of evaluating new security enhancements.
“In addition to increasing screening accuracy, the new CT scanners enable travelers to keep electronic devices inside their carry-on bags and may soon allow them to keep approved liquids inside as well, which is welcome news.”
Like the existing CT technology used for checked baggage, the machines create a clear picture of a bag’s contents, enabling the automatic detection of bulk and liquid explosives. The CT checkpoint units were designed with a smaller footprint than those used for checked baggage, to account for space constraints and operational needs.
Daniel Ronan, TSA’s federal security director for MIA, said, “TSA is committed to putting in place the best technology to enhance security while also improving the screening experience. CT technology substantially improves TSA’s threat-detection capability at the checkpoint.”