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CT scans on the way for bags at ABIA

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin-Bergstrom and Transportation Security Administration officials have announced that installation of new computed tomography (CT) scanners at airport checkpoints has begun and is expected to be complete by late summer. What does that mean for air travelers? Ultimately, the hope is that the machines will reduce wait times and inconvenience by using a technology that allows everything (electronics, food, etc.) to be left in carry-on luggage.  Installation of the new machines will be phased, with one lane at a time being upgraded weekly and opened in the hopes of minimizing impact to passengers. “Use of CT technology at our security checkpoints is a win-win for TSA and passengers,” said Gilbert Almaraz, TSA Federal Security Director for AUS, in a statement to the press.  “We get increased detection capability which leads to fewer bag checks, and passengers get to leave their electronics and 3-1-1 liquids in their bags.”

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