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March 8, 2022

TSA installs CT checkpoint scanners at Niagara Falls International Airport

The scanners use sophisticated algorithms to offer three dimensional images of the objects present in the baggage.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) have been installed with new advanced technology computed tomography checkpoint scanners (CT) to improve explosives detection capabilities. 

The scanners use sophisticated algorithms to provide three-dimensional (3D) images, which can be viewed and rotated on three axes by a TSA officer for thorough visual image analysis.

New CT scanners installed at the airport are claimed to have the capability to automatically detect explosives, including those of liquids, by capturing images with an X-ray camera that spin around the conveyor belt.

This machine allows passengers to leave laptops in their carry-on bags.

If a TSA officer intends to perform further checks on the baggage, they can inspect it to ensure that a suspicious item is not present inside it.

TSA Upstate New York Federal Security director Bart Johnson said: “The new units provide critical explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint.

“TSA remains committed to getting the best technology to enhance security and improve the screening experience. Our officers’ use of CT technology substantially improves our threat detection capability at the checkpoint.

“TSA’s current screening technology for carry-on bags uses 2D images. The CT technology applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives, including liquid explosives and other threat items.”

TSA anticipates that the new CT technology could result in fewer baggage checks.

Last month,  TSA checkpoints at Massena (MSS) and Watertown (ART) international airports in New York were also upgraded with new advanced CT scanners.

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