TSA checkpoint at JFK Airport gets new state-of-the-art 3-D checkpoint scanner to improve explosives detection

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Local Press Release
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

NEW YORK —  A new state-of-the-art advanced technology computed tomography checkpoint scanner (CT) that provides 3-D imaging is being tested at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint in the American Airlines Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The new technology provides critical explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint.

The system applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives by creating a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis by a TSA officer. If a bag requires further screening, TSA officers will inspect it to ensure that a threat item is not contained inside.  

In partnership with American Airlines, TSA is conducting this demonstration at one checkpoint lane at the airport.

“Use of CT technology substantially improves TSA’s threat detection capability at a checkpoint.” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “This partnership will allow us to deploy new technology quickly and see an immediate improvement in security effectiveness.”  

“American is committed to raising the bar on global aviation security while improving the customer experience,” said Darryl Towns, American's regional director of government affairs for New York. “Enhancing security is a shared responsibility, and we appreciate the TSA’s partnership in testing CT technology at our JFK terminal.”

This equipment is similar to what is used to scan checked baggage for explosive devices, and has been “sized” to fit at checkpoints to create such a clear image of a bag’s contents that the system can automatically detect explosives, including liquids, by shooting hundreds of images with an X-ray camera spinning around the conveyor belt to provide TSA officers with the three-dimensional views of the contents of a carry-on bag.

TSA also has partnered with American Airlines with CT technology at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. An additional demonstration is taking place at a checkpoint lane at Boston’s Logan International Airport.