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Fly through security at MIA with new screening technology

Newly installed CT scanners allow passengers to leave electronics in carry-ons

September 2, 2020

Security screening at Miami International Airport in the post-COVID-19 era just got easier with the installation of seven additional computed tomography (CT) scanners at six Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.

Passengers traveling through a lane with a CT scanner will now be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags.

Like the existing CT technology used for checked baggage, the machines use sophisticated algorithms to detect explosives, including liquid explosives. The CT checkpoint units were designed with a smaller footprint than those used for checked baggage to allow accommodation in the constrained space of a passenger screening area.

The technology creates a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis. If a bag requires further screening, TSA officers will inspect it to determine whether the contents pose a threat.

These seven units join three others previously installed when MIA became one of the first airports in the country to begin rolling out this technology in TSA checkpoints.

“These new scanners from the TSA are helping us streamline and expedite the screening process for our passengers, at a time in air travel when a smooth flowing checkpoint has never been more important,” said Lester Sola, MIA director and CEO. “We are proud to be among the first US airports to receive this expansion of CT technology by the TSA.”

TSA is focused on testing, procuring, and deploying CT systems in airports as soon as possible. TSA is continuing to develop enhanced algorithms to address evolving aviation threats while decreasing the number of physical bag searches needed to resolve alarms and thereby improve operational efficiency and automated detection.

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