NEW YORK - The Transportation Security Administration has installed a new piece of high-tech baggage screening equipment at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) to screen checked baggage instead of having TSA officers manually inspect each piece of baggage whether it is a suitcase, duffel-bag, knapsack, box, golf bag or other item.
“This new piece of technology will streamline the check-in process while adding efficiency, convenience and enhanced security,” said TSA Assistant Federal Security Director John McCaffrey. “With the addition of this new state-of-the-art security technology, only bags that alarm will need a manual inspection by our TSA officers.”
Since TSA launched, the screening of checked baggage for explosives at Ithaca has been conducted manually by using explosive trace detection equipment. TSA officers have been opening each checked bag and swabbing it for traces of explosives before allowing the bag to be loaded onto aircraft. The new system will screen baggage automatically and will alert TSA officials if something inside needs a closer inspection by a TSA officer. It’s faster and more efficient.
Travelers flying out of ITH with a piece of baggage to check will come to their airline check-in counter to get their baggage tagged for its destination. Then the passengers will wheel their tagged bags over to the new scanner where TSA officers will place them on the belt and scan them while the passenger heads to the gate.