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"American Airlines Testing New Airport Screening Device With U.S.Government"
Thursday, June 15, 2017
American Airlines Testing New Airport Screening Device With U.S. Government
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American Airlines and the U.S. Transportation Security
Administration said on Thursday they were testing a new high-definition airport
screening device that could allow passengers to keep liquids and laptops in
carry-on luggage during screening and potentially avoid new restrictions on
The new computer tomography or "CT" scanner is being tested in a pilot project
in single checkpoint lane at Phoenix International Airport and could be a
long-term solution to avoiding additional security measures. Similar testing is
expected to begin in Boston later this month, officials said.
The CT scanner being tested by American Airlines Group Inc and the TSA in
Phoenix is built by L3 Technologies Inc. Testing is also expected to take place
with other CT scanners this year built by Analogic Corp and Integrated Defense
& Security Solutions Corp.
The technology is similar to what is currently used to inspect checked luggage
at U.S. airports today, but traditional X-ray machines are used to inspect
The CT screening equipment shoots hundreds of images with an X-ray camera that
spins around the conveyor belt to provide officers with a three-dimensional
picture of a carry-on bag and uses algorithms to detect explosives, firearms
and other prohibited items.
The devices could speed up screening by eliminating the need for repeat trips
through the X-ray machine and most secondary screening, the TSA said.
Flyers on domestic U.S. flights must currently remove laptops and liquids from
checked luggage during screening.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials opened a two-day meeting on
Thursday with European officials in Malta to discuss new security measures that
could prevent the U.S. government from expanding a ban on laptops beyond
flights from 10 airports primarily in the Middle East.
Homeland Security chief John Kelly told a congressional panel last week he was
looking at an additional 71 airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for
a possible expansion of the ban, but said he was talking about ways it could be
A European airline industry official told Reuters this week the United States
had suggested possible enhancements including explosive trace detection
screening, increased vetting of airports' staff and additional detection dogs.
U.S. restrictions on laptops announced in March, including on flights
originating from airports in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and
Turkey, came amid fears a concealed bomb could be installed in electronic
devices taken aboard aircraft. Britain followed suit with similar restrictions.
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