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The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday showed how it will use new scanning technology for its pre-screening services at Atlantic City International Airport.
EGG HARBOR CITY — The Transportation Security Administration is introducing new pre-screening service equipment aimed at ensuring air traffic safety and speeding up the security process.
“It helps me sleep better at night to have this tremendous additional capability and tool to help us do our jobs better,” said Thomas Carter, federal director of security for TSA, after a demonstration of the equipment Thursday morning at Atlantic City International Airport. .
New to the airport’s passenger checkpoint are credential authentication technology and four CT scanners.
Atlantic City International joins several other airports across the country, including Trenton-Mercer and Newark Liberty International, to include the devices.
The purchases are part of regulators’ efforts to improve security by streamlining procedures, including a facial recognition pilot program that the TSA is testing at airports across the country, including Atlanta, Boston and Dallas.
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“In Atlantic City, we’re doing between 1,000 and 2,000 (passengers) a day and we’re very steady in that volume,” Carter said.
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The equipment has been at Atlantic City International for several weeks and so far is making pre-screening more efficient, Carter said.
When making their way to their planes, passengers will first meet a security officer using CAT technology, which scans identification cards.
Using a database of more than 2,500 identification types, it can spot abnormalities in any of them.
In Thursday’s demonstration, the computer spotted abnormalities in several fake IDs, such as incorrect barcodes and license designs from different states, alerting officers to errors.
“The use of CAT technology by our officers significantly improves our ability to detect threats at the checkpoint,” said Carter.
Then, scanners from Analogic Corp., a technology company, illustrate in 3D the contents of the bags that pass through inspection.
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As the bag passes through the device, the officer sits opposite the passenger and watches as the computer sketches everything from shoes to water bottles.
If shoppers remove fewer items, checkpoint speed will increase, making the process faster and less stressful for travelers, officials said.
“Previously, our screening technology for carry-on bags used 2D images,” said Carter. “CT (computed tomography) technology applies advanced algorithms to detect explosives, including liquid explosives and other threats.
Federal officials are moving forward with plans to bring more of this technology to additional airports. Last month, the TSA announced an award of up to $1.3 billion to Analogic and other scanning consumables companies. In March 2022, the TSA announced a $781.2 million award.
The purchases announced in April will be installed nationwide in 2023, the company said in an April announcement.
“These CT units represent sophisticated technology that helps our professional, dedicated and highly skilled workforce detect new and evolving threats to improve aviation security,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement last month. “Deploying these units at our security checkpoints as quickly as possible will also improve checkpoint efficiency and the passenger experience.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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