The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is bringing out a new technology that could help speed up the process of airport screening. The Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport will be one of the first in the country to test it out.
Last Monday, the TSA announced its plan to install computed tomography, CT scanners at 15 airports in the nation, including CVG.
The plan so far is to utilize 40 units at a variety of airports by the year’s end. Down the road, the tech could allow passengers to keep their laptops and liquids in their carry-on bags.
The regional spokesman for TSA, Mark Howell, mentioned the chosen airports were based on a few variables. CVG had its size and availability going for it along with its recent passenger growth. It’s also one of the quickest growing airports in the United States.
The availability and space were the majority of the reason for choosing the airports they did, according to Howell. The massive checkpoints give them the space to operate the lane and see how it could expand if it works out, in the future. The TSA is, however, working to get data collection from various sized markets.
Howell mentioned the unit at CVG had been installed with employees currently training for the new equipment. The one lane should soon be up and running. However, customers can expect limited initial use according to airport officials.
How the New Technology Works And Can Help The TSA Security Process
With this technology, the hope is for fewer bag checks. And later down the road, laptops and liquids can stay in their bags at the checkpoint.
Historically, CVG has low wait times for the security lines. In June this year, 90.4 percent of passengers waited less than 20 minutes. Most waited between 10 and 19 minutes. CVG is also the first in the country to have BlipTrack technology monitoring the queues and the waiting time. The CT technology is to help augment the security and effectiveness of the TSA.
The CT scans use sophisticated algorithms to detect explosives. It also creates a 3-D image that can rotate on three axes for better viewing.
CT technology helps improve the threat detection capability of the TSA. The leveraging of strong partnerships with industry allow for new technology to quickly see an improvement in the effectiveness of security.
According to Howell, each unit costs about $300,000. Up to 40 units are in the plan by TSA to put in airports by the end of the year with 16 of the units at federal testing facilities. Over 145 should exist by the end of 2019’s fiscal year.
units of the CT scanners are also put to the test at Indianapolis, St. Louis Lambert International Airpot (STL), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), Chicago O’Hare International Airport, along with a few other airports.