The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently started using new Analogic 3D CT machines in a handful of U.S. airports to scan carry-on bags and spot explosives, according to a report published July 23 by CBS.
The first of many scanners to be released is currently operating at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. American Airlines donated eight of the roughly $300,000 scanners to TSA, according to CBS.
By the end of this year, TSA hopes to have 15 scanners deployed to U.S. airports this year and are authorized to buy up to 240 scanners in 2019. Approximately 2,000 scanners will be needed to cover every airport check point in the country.
"We think in perhaps five years or so, the passengers won't have to take anything out of their carry-on bags," TSA Administrator David Pekoske told CBS. "What it's capable of doing is detecting a wider range of explosives, which is very important, [as well as] a much lower weight of explosives. They're just much better at detection, so you really get better security faster, essentially."
Read CBS's entire article below: