The wait is over.  The TSA has named Sky Harbor International Airport as one of ten airlines for a pilot program on advanced screening technology.   The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Airlines are joining forces by taking screening technology to new heights.  The TSA is installing

new screening technology, that include automated security screening lanes and CT scanners or “computed tomography” at select American Airlines hubs nationwide.  According to the TSA, “the automated screening lanes incorporate technology and screening station modifications that enhance security effectiveness while decreasing the time travelers spend in security screening by approximately 30 percent.” CT Scans will be implemented in ten airports across the country including, Chicago’s O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth and Sky Harbor in Phoenix. CT technology will cut wait times by 30 percent in Phoenix and 3D CT technology could make it possible to allow passengers to leave liquids, gels and aerosols, as well as laptops, in their carry-on bags at all times.  If the pilot testing is successful, TSA may deploy CT technology to other checkpoints nationwide.

Kris Dugan