American Airlines testing new airport screening device with USA government

"I think it would actually be kind of nice, I traveled with some business people and they were pre-checked and I had to wait in line so if it was sped up it would be very helpful", says Cooper Jager.

American Airlines is partnering with the TSA to test a computed tomography (CT) scanner at a checkpoint in Terminal 4 of Phoenix airport.

The major takeaway from this new technology is that it could eventually allow passengers to be able to once again bring liquids, gels and aerosols onboard and put their laptops through inspection lanes inside carry-on luggage. The system is being installed at Terminal E, where the tests will occur.

The technology is already used for screening checked luggage. The use of these machines in the future could mean fewer restrictions on carry-on items, and faster security screening.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it has great hopes that this new computer tomography (CT) scanner can improve the accuracy of hand luggage scanning - a current source of enhanced concern with the carriage of laptops and some other portable electronic devices (PEDs).

"The safety and security of travelers is the number one priority of TSA, and our partnership with industry, such as American Airlines, is critical in helping develop innovative and critical security enhancements", said TSA Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia. The images can be rotated so screening officers can.

A similar pilot test began Thursday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The scanner tested by American was manufactured by L3 Technologies Inc. Since then, the Department of Homeland Security has considered expanding the ban to Europe.

Testing is also expected to take place with other CT scanners this year built by Analogic Corp and Integrated Defense & Security Solutions Corp.

  • Zachary Reyes