The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has placed an order with security technology solutions provider Analogic for the delivery of mid-size computed tomography (CT) x-ray systems.
The total order amount for the systems to be deployed at TSA checkpoints at US airports is approximately $ 198 million.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske said: “This award is another important step in improving aviation security.
“It provides our dedicated frontline agents with one of the best tools available to screen passenger carry-on baggage and also improves the passenger experience by allowing passengers to keep more items in their carry-on baggage during the journey. control process. ”
The contract covers the purchase of more than 300 medium-sized CT x-rays.
The installation of these systems at airport checkpoints is expected to begin in early 2022.
Using sophisticated algorithms, CT scanners create 3D images to detect explosives while scanning passenger baggage.
TSA officers can view and rotate the 3D image on three axes to examine and identify any dangerous objects that may be present in baggage.
In addition, these systems can be optimally sized to suit the checkpoint environment.
In July, the TSA authorized three airports to enter into security agreements with Amazon’s subsidiary, Amazon Air.
The approval allows Amazon to perform security functions and assist with its planned hiring at airports.
Airports authorized to enter into Exclusive Zone Agreements (EAAs) with Amazon Air were Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Baltimore / Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), and Chicago International Airport. Rockford (RFD).