CBS News is reporting that on Tuesday Federal officials said they are expanding tests to speed up airport lines and improve security. TSA plans to start using computed-tomography or CT scanners to inspect carry-on bags at one checkpoint in the Phoenix airport by the end of the year. I guess that’s progress.
Currently, CT scanners are already used to screen checked baggage. We are told that the process is mostly automated with scanners generating 3-D images that are analyzed by computers. Security workers only get involved and check a bag if something is suspicious.
According to CBS News the use of CT technology at airport checkpoints would eliminate the need for screeners to examine X-ray images of every bag. It could also let travelers leave liquids and laptops in their carry-on bags. I am skeptical about how much improvement this will actually create. I just have to wonder how much it will cost tax-payers and travelers down the road. But, that’s just one opinion. Read the article and draw your own conclusions.
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