MIA gets state-of-the-art 3-D checkpoint technology
New CT scanner may help speed up security lines
A state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanner is now at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Miami International Airport. The new technology provides improved 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.
We are extremely proud to be one of the first 18 airports chosen by the TSA for this first wave of CT screening technology deployment. Considering that there are 434 airports nationwide with traditional X-ray screening, we are honored to be on the frontline of evaluating new security enhancements. In addition to increasing screening accuracy, the new CT scanners provide travelers the convenience of keeping electronic devices inside their carry-on bags and may soon allow them to keep approved liquids inside as well, which is welcome news.
Like the existing CT technology used for checked baggage, the machines create a clear picture of a bag’s contents allowing the automatic detection of bulk and liquid explosives. The CT checkpoint units were designed with a smaller footprint than those used for checked baggage to account for space constraints and operational needs.
TSA is committed to putting in place the best technology to enhance security while also improving the screening experience. CT technology substantially improves TSA’s threat detection capability at the checkpoint.
TSA is focused on testing, procuring, and deploying additional CT systems in airports as soon as possible. TSA is also developing enhanced algorithms to address evolving aviation threats while decreasing the number of physical bag searches needed to resolve alarms and thereby improve operational efficiency and automated detection.
Passengers traveling through a lane with a CT will be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags and in the future, the goal is to keep 3-1-1 liquids inside the bag as well.
The TSA now has 22 units at 18 airports, including the one at MIA.
TSA continues to partner with security equipment manufacturers, airlines and airports to raise the bar for technology standards and provide better security faster. For the most up-to-date information about CT visit TSA’s emerging technologies page.
Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s third-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $30.9 billion annually and welcoming nearly 60 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at www.MIAefficiency.com.