The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the US has deployed two 3D scanners at its checkpoints in Buffalo Niagara International Airport, New York, to enhance security standards.

The move will enable the TSA officers to use computed tomography (CT) checkpoint scanners to view the contents of carry-on baggage. The system creates a 3D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes to enable a thorough assessment.

Specifically, it shoots hundreds of images with an X-ray camera to offer a three-dimensional view of the bag’s contents.

The technology is expected to improve explosives detection and other threats at Buffalo Niagara Airport.

TSA Upstate New York federal security director Bart R Johnson said: “The new technology provides critical explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint and improves the capability for our TSA officers to determine whether an item inside a carry-on bag is a possible threat.”

The checkpoint CT technology is also expected to result in fewer manual bag checks, expediting security operations.

Johnson added: “Not only does this state-of-the art technology represent an improved security threat detection capability at the checkpoint, but it also reduces the need for pulling aside a bag to be opened, thus reducing a touchpoint during the pandemic.”

TSA is an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security and is responsible with ensuring the safety of the country’s transportation systems.

Earlier this month, the agency announced that it is installing acrylic barriers at LaGuardia Airport to curb the spread of Covid-19.