US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at Massena (MSS) and Watertown International (ART) airports in New York have been equipped with advanced 3D computed tomography (CT) scanners to enhance their explosives detection capabilities.

The scanner systems use algorithms to detect explosives in baggage by creating 3D images of the objects.

This can be viewed and rotated on three axes for detailed visual image analysis.

The new scanners have been designed to automatically detect explosives, including liquids, by capturing hundreds of images with an X-ray camera that spin around the conveyor belt.

TSA expects the new technology to help in fewer bag checks.

If TSA officers plan to screen baggage further, they can inspect it to ensure that a suspicious item is not present inside.

TSA explained that passengers at the airports will be allowed to leave their laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags.

TSA Upstate New York Federal Security director Bart Johnson said: “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.”

In October last year, Analogic secured a contract from TSA to deploy its checkpoint security screening systems at airports across the US.