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January 14, 2022 07:03EVV News, Press Releases
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January 14, 2022
TSA checkpoints at Evansville Regional Airport get new state-of-the-art 3-D scanners to improve explosives detection
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Two state-of-the-art advanced technology Computed Tomography (CT) checkpoint scanners that provide 3-D imaging are being installed at the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at Evansville Regional Airport (EVV).
“Along with providing critical explosives detection capabilities, this new technology improves the ability for our TSA officers to determine whether an item inside a carry-on bag is a possible threat,” said Acting Indiana TSA Federal Security Director Kevin Bidwell.
The system applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives by creating a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis by a TSA officer. If a bag requires further screening, TSA officers will inspect it to ensure that a threat item is not contained inside.
“This cutting-edge screening equipment is another step in moving EVV Forward and really aligns with what we strive to provide – a safe and efficient travel experience,” said EVV Executive Director Nate Hahn. “We are pleased to be only the second airport in Indiana and one of the first airports our size within the U.S. to facilitate this type of screening.”
The 3-D imagery allows TSA officers to manipulate the image on screen to get a better view of a bag’s contents and often clear items without having to open a carry-on bag.
“This state-of-the art technology helps reduce touchpoints during this pandemic at the checkpoint, and it also reduces the need for pulling aside a bag to be opened,” Bidwell said.
This equipment is similar to what is used to scan checked baggage for explosive devices. It has been “sized” to fit at checkpoints to create such a clear image of a bag’s contents that the system can automatically detect explosives, including liquids, by shooting hundreds of images with an X-ray camera spinning around the conveyor belt to provide TSA officers with the three-dimensional views of the contents of a carry-on bag. Checkpoint CT technology should result in fewer bag checks.
The two machines are being installed at EVV this month. To facilitate the installation, only one screening lane will be open for passengers from Jan. 19-22 and Jan. 25-28. Passengers should arrive at the airport in plenty of time and keep prohibited items out of their carry-on bags to help ensure an efficient screening experience for everyone.
For the most up-to-date information about CT and to view a video of the X-ray monitor, visit TSA’s Computed Tomography page.
The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses an intelligence-based approach to security, and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.