American Airlines has entered a joint partnership with US-based company Analogic to expand the use of computed tomography (CT) technology at airport checkpoints worldwide.

Having completed the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) certification and qualification process, the latest and advanced CT checkpoint technology is expected to provide aviation security officials with an improved level of threat detection.

The technology will provide scanning equipment that can clearly identify potential threat items, including the ones hidden within personal electronic devices (PEDs).

Analogic security systems senior vice-president Jim Ryan said: “After a careful evaluation, American Airlines chose Analogic as its preferred supplier of Checkpoint CT based on several factors including image quality, airport-friendly design and ease of operation.

"ConneCT is a culmination of ten years of checkpoint CT research and development and is positioned to be the innovative leader in the aviation security marketplace."

“ConneCT is a culmination of ten years of checkpoint CT research and development and is positioned to be the innovative leader in the aviation security marketplace.”

Under the terms of the deal, American Airlines will acquire several units of the Analogic ConneCT aviation checkpoint security screening system which has been developed to improve aviation security, in addition to enhancing passenger throughput using an upgradeable CT platform.

Featuring open network architecture, 3-D imaging technology, and an automated threat detection system, ConneCT screening solution demonstrates a significant upgrade in the security industry, and also allows airports and regulators to respond to changing security and operational requirements.

Analogic’s ConneCT system is currently undergoing certification testing with the TSA.

When completed, it will be deployed at a checkpoint lane as part of a TSA Innovation Task Force initiative.