American Airlines collaborates with The Transportation Security Administration for screening technology at New York

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working collaboratively with American Airlines, is demonstrating a new computed tomography (CT) scanner at the Terminal 8 security checkpoint at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

State-of-the-art CT checkpoint technology is an enhancement to today’s two-dimensional (2D) X-ray technology platforms scanning equipment, which is used at the majority of security checkpoints worldwide. Because CT technology is three dimensional (3D), this new checkpoint technology has the potential to provide better visibility and allow the operator to rotate the bag’s image 360 degrees to show the contents of carry-on items at every angle. CT provides the capability to virtually see beyond unwanted clutter and greatly enhances the ability to visually inspect the contents of carry-on bags for explosives and other prohibited items.

“Use of CT technology substantially improves TSA’s threat detection capability at a checkpoint,” said David Pekoske, TSA Administrator. “This partnership will allow us to deploy new technology quickly and see an immediate improvement in security effectiveness.”

“At American, we are always looking at ways to invest in technology that raises the bar on global aviation security while improving the customer experience,” said José Freig, Chief Security Officer, American Airlines. “Our partnership with Analogic Corporation and the TSA will continue to transform aviation security by bringing state-of-the-art CT technology to the security checkpoint.”

CT technology is also being tested at airport security checkpoints in Phoenix and Boston.