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August 28, 2018
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Americas: Faster Airport Security Lines? Slowly but Surely


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Last week, the Transportation Security Administration began testing a new computed tomography checkpoint scanner at Washington Dulles International Airport, the technology that could reduce the time it takes travelers to snake through airport security lines by allowing laptops and small-size liquids to stay inside carry-ons rather than getting a bin all their own.

The big difference? Current security scanners take two-dimension pictures of a bag’s contents while the CT scanners create 3-D images that can be viewed, rotated around three axes, and zoomed in on to get a clear picture of what’s inside. It’s similar to the scanners used on checked baggage to detect explosives.

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