Everybody at the airport could soon pass through security like they’re enrolled in TSA PreCheck.
Earlier this week, the TSA accredited a new airport security scanner that allows travelers to pass through checkpoints without removing liquids or electronics from their bags.
The new scanners are called ConneCT, engineered by a company called Analogic. The scanners use Computer Tomography (CT or CAT scan) to give security agents a 3D-image of the inside of each piece of luggage. TSA agents can use ConneCT machines to bypass clutter in luggage and visually check for any prohibited items.
The technology would allow travelers to leave their liquids, electronics and aerosols inside their bags when passing through security, eliminating traffic jams caused by inexperienced fliers or jammed suitcase zippers. The higher image quality also allows security agents to search fewer bags by hand.
“We've been talking about the checkpoint of the future, but the future is now,” Mark Laustra, vice president of global business development and government programs at Analogic, told Travel + Leisure earlier this year. “The checkpoint of the future is moving passengers very quickly. You have to consider that you'll process more passengers per hour.”
The scanners could turn every airport security lane into one with TSA PreCheck level speeds — although passengers may still have to remove their shoes, jackets, and belts.
The TSA and American Airlines tested the scanners at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston Logan Airport in June. American Airlines placed a “multi-unit purchase” that month, although it is unknown where and when the scanners could be employed. Analogic expects to make an announcement regarding deployment demonstrations later this fall.