A new computed tomography checkpoint (CT) scanner that provides 3D imaging arrives at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). The new technology provides critical explosives detection capabilities at the point of control.
The system applies sophisticated algorithms for explosives detection by creating a 3D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for in-depth visual image analysis by a TSA agent. If a bag requires further examination, TSA agents will inspect it to ensure that no threatening items are contained inside.
The new unit should be installed starting the week of January 31. During the installation period, which will take several days, travelers with a ticket departing from ELM are advised to arrive at the airport two hours before their scheduled flight.
Current TSA screening technology for carry-on baggage uses 2D images. The new technology creates such a clear picture of the contents of a bag that the system can automatically detect explosives, including liquids, by taking hundreds of images with an X-ray camera rotating around the conveyor belt to provide officers of the TSA three-dimensional views of the contents of a carry-on bag.
Checkpoint CT technology should reduce the number of baggage checks. Passengers using this machine at ELM airport will be allowed to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their hand luggage.
3D imaging CT checkpoint scanners have also recently been installed at TSA checkpoints at Ithaca Tompkins, Ogdensburg and Plattsburg International Airports.