The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed an advanced computed tomography (CT) scanner at Huntsville International Airport (HSV) in Alabama, the US.

The machine is being used at HSV’s security checkpoint.

TSA federal security director Gail Linkins said: “The technology reduces the number of bags that need to be opened to resolve a possible threat, meaning fewer touchpoints during the pandemic, as well as a streamlined screening experience.

“The CT machine employs a sophisticated algorithm to analyse the contents of each bag and allows TSA officers to rotate the image for a thorough analysis.”

The new scanner will allow passengers to skip the usual procedure of removing electronics, food, and travel-size liquids from their carry-on luggage.

In addition, TSA is encouraging passengers to sign up to its Precheck programme to speed up screening and reduce touchpoints.

This programme offers travellers the convenience of a streamline screening experience regardless of whether the CT is in use or not.

HSV CEO Rick Tucker said: “One of Huntsville International Airport’s top priorities throughout the pandemic continues to be keeping passengers, tenants and employees safe.

“This is also a priority for our partners across the airport as evidenced by the Transportation Security Administration’s continued efforts to reduce touchpoints.

“HSV is pleased that TSA in Huntsville will now offer this new technology as we all continue to work to provide our region with a facility that continues to improve safety and that our customers can utilise comfortably.”

Moreover, cross-contamination risk at the security checkpoints is also being addressed by implementing several changes to the screening process.

The changes have been implemented under TSA’s campaign, called ‘Stay Healthy. Stay Secure’, to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

HSV has also installed acrylic barriers to reduce physical contact, limiting exposure between security officers and passengers when presenting their boarding pass and ID.

In November, TSA at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) in Florida also started using a CT scanner at its security checkpoint.