A team of the Transportation Security Agency and American Airlines will install new screening technology at select facilities nationwide in the fall.
TSA said Tuesday the team will establish new automated security screening lanes and computed tomography scanners in an effort to meet security efficiency targets at the Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Miami international airports.
“Our foremost priority is the security of the traveling public … to ensure that we remain up-to-date in an evolving threat environment, TSA continues to test and deploy state-of-the-art technologies,” said Peter Neffenger, TSA administrator.
“Our responsibility is to keep passengers safe but also moving through security,” he added.
TSA noted the team will install automated belts to drag bags into the X-ray scanners, property bins larger than ones found at regular screening lanes, Radio Frequency Identification tags attached to each bin and cameras to capture photos of the outside of the bag.
The agency added the CT technology was designed to help address wait time at screening lanes and potentially provide passengers an option to have liquids, gels, aerosols and laptops in carry-on bags at all times.
TSA will also collaborate with vendors, airlines, airports and the counter-terrorism community to roll out additional automated checkpoint lanes as part of its mission to incorporate automated security checkpoint lanes at all U.S. airports.