Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) in Florida, the US, has started using an advanced computed tomography (CT) scanner at its security checkpoint.

When the CT is in use, passengers can refrain from removing electronics, food or travel-size liquids from their carry-on luggage.

Passengers under the TSA Precheck programme have this convenience regardless of whether the CT is in use or not.

TSA DAB federal security director Brian Cahill said: “The technology employs a sophisticated algorithm to analyse the content of each bag and allows TSA officers to rotate the image and ascertain that no threats are contained in the bag without needing to open the suitcase.

“Reducing the number of bags that need to be manually inspected to resolve a possible threat, means fewer touchpoints during the pandemic.”

DAB director Karen Feaster said: “We are happy that Daytona Beach International Airport is among the first airports to receive this new, state-of-the-art equipment screening equipment.

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“Travelling through the TSA checkpoint at DAB has always been an efficient process, and now it’s even more efficient and safe for the TSA officers and our passengers.”

As part of its ‘Stay Healthy. Stay Secure’ campaign, TSA has also revised its procedures at airports across the US.

Earlier, TSA at Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport and Billings Logan International Airport (BIL) deployed computed tomography (CT) scanners at security checkpoints in Montana.

Last week, TSA at Dayton International Airport (DAY) deployed a credential authentication technology (CAT) unit that authenticates the validity of travellers’ identifications (IDs), along with their flight information, in near real time.

In addition, Delta Air Lines and TSA partnered to launch the first curb-to-gate facial recognition option using a digital ID for US domestic travellers.

The carrier is testing the new option at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, where participation is voluntary.