TSA awards $198 million to procure additional CT X-Ray scanners for airport checkpoints

National Press Release
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Analogic Computed Tomography (CT) machine in a TSA checkpoint. The technology scans carry-on bags and produces a 3-D image that can be rotated for easy viewing of a bag’s contents. Photo: Courtesy of TSA.

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the award of an order for a total value of $198 million to Analogic Corporation for the procurement of mid-sized Computed Tomography (CT) x-ray systems for TSA checkpoints.      

“This award is another important step in enhancing aviation security” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske, “It provides our dedicated frontline officers with one of the best tools available to screen passenger carry-on items and also improves the passenger experience by allowing passengers to keep more items in their carry-on bags during the screening process.”

The award, which is one element in the larger effort to improve security screening, establishes a contract for the purchase of more than 300 mid-sized units. TSA anticipates these units will begin deployment to airport checkpoints in early 2022.

CT scanners apply sophisticated algorithms to detect explosives by creating 3-D images. TSA officers can then view and rotate the image on three axes to analyze and identify any threat items that may be in a passenger’s baggage. Similar to what is used to scan checked baggage, this equipment is sized to fit the checkpoint environment.

For more information, visit TSA’s Computed Tomography page.