US Airport to Trial New Baggage Screening System

16 August 2010 (Last Updated August 16th, 2010 18:30)

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is set to begin testing a new baggage screening system at Mineta San Jose International Airport by the end of August. Developed by Morpho Detection, the advanced baggage system will be installed at airports across the US if it performs

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is set to begin testing a new baggage screening system at Mineta San Jose International Airport by the end of August.

Developed by Morpho Detection, the advanced baggage system will be installed at airports across the US if it performs well during the 45-day trial period, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The trial is intended to verify whether the system's software is functioning properly after it malfunctioned in June leading to dozens of lost bags and flight delays.

The new screening system, named the CTX 9800 DSi, is based on similar technology to medical CT scanners.

The $1.5m system will create three-dimensional images, which can be digitally manipulated by personnel if a bag is considered suspicious.

The CTX 9800 uses advanced software to detect suspicious items and reduce reliance on human observation and interaction with the bags.