Goodbye, X-Ray. Hello, CT scanning
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You may not have to take your laptop out of your luggage anymore when you’re going through security at the airport. A new CT scanner is going to roll out to TSA security lines in the US this summer, reports Bloomberg Government.
The days of needing specialized travel bags with fold-out laptop sections to get through security may be coming to a close. In a press call last week, TSA Administrator David Pekoske announced that the agency had signed a contract to get 300 CT scanning machines.
The CT scanners can provide TSA agents with a three-dimensional view of luggage contents, and will detect some items automatically in the future.
Airport security: gradually growing more tolerable
Some of these scanners have already been in place at airports in the US as part of a pilot program. Those machines didn’t result in security lines speeding up, but a more complete roll-out of the technology and increased familiarity with the scanners could eventually quicken the pace. Pekoske believes more staff may be required initially, though.