The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has placed an order with security technology solutions provider Analogic for the delivery of mid-sized computed tomography (CT) X-ray systems.

The total value of the order for the systems that will be deployed at the TSA checkpoints in the US airports stands at around $198m.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske said: “This award is another important step in enhancing aviation security.

“It provides our dedicated frontline officers with one of the best tools available to screen passenger carry-on items and also improves the passenger experience by allowing passengers to keep more items in their carry-on bags during the screening process.”

The contract is intended for the purchase of more than 300 mid-sized CT X-ray units.

The installation of these systems at airport checkpoints are expected to commence in early 2022.

Through the application of sophisticated algorithms, the CT scanners create 3D images for detecting explosives while scanning passengers’ baggage.

TSA officers can view and rotate the 3D image on three axes to examine and identify any threat objects that may be present in a piece of baggage.

In addition, these systems can be optimally sized to fit the checkpoint environment.

In July, TSA allowed three airports to enter security agreements with Amazon subsidiary Amazon Air.

The approval enables Amazon to execute security functions and assist in its planned hiring at the airports.

The airports permitted to enter Exclusive Area Agreements (EAA) with Amazon Air were Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD).