New airport security could make flying safer, easier

Technology

On Tuesday, American Airlines and the TSA teamed up to debut new technology designed to make our air travel easier and safer.

They introduced the new 3-D Computed Tomography, or CT for short, at JFK International Airport in New York City.

It enhances the TSA’s ability to detect explosives and other prohibited items that may be inside carry-on bags. Once it takes an image of your bag, TSA officers rotate the image of your bag’s contents 360 degrees to get a better understanding of what’s inside.

They say it makes air travel safer for that reason, and easier because you will no longer have to empty electronic items from your bag in those long security lines.

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“Our partnership with American Airlines allows the TSA to deploy new technology quickly to raise the baseline of global aviation security while improving the passenger screening experience,” said John Bambury, TSA Federal Security Director at JFK Airport.

American Airlines Regional Director, Darryl Towns, wants CT to be common at all airport checkpoints.

“According to TSA research and development, efforts have shown that CT is the most consequential technology available today for airport checkpoints around the world,” said Towns.

Right now, it’s only functioning at JFK. But, the goal is to expand it to other American Airlines locations in the U.S. later this year and overseas beyond that.

“This $6 million investment in CT technology, for eight units, will help TSA test this equipment in the United States with our goal of making CT the norm at airport checkpoints.”

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