Screening technology specialist Smiths Detection has won a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) contract for full-size checkpoint CT systems and related services.

Smiths Detection’s full-sized configuration X-ray inspection system for checkpoint screening includes its computed tomography (CT) scanner, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, and smart automatic tray return system, the iLane. 

The use of CT technology enables passengers to leave electronics and liquids in their bags, rather than remove them for screening, thus expediting the screening process. Additionally, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has the fastest conveyor belt speed of all TSA-approved checkpoint property screening systems. It uses both operator visual inspection and automated object recognition, leading to low false-alarm rates. The iLane is intended to remove bottlenecks and keep the security screening process moving.

Working in conjunction, the two products are designed to streamline the screening process, increase passenger throughput, optimise operational costs, reduce energy consumption, improve the passenger experience, and above all, increase security effectiveness.

Smiths Detection president Inder Reddy said: “2.9 million passengers fly in and out of US airports every day, across 16.4 million flights a year [according to the FAA]. With Smiths Detection’s CT technology and automatic tray return systems, airline passengers will be able to spend less time navigating security lines and more time enjoying airport shopping, dining, and other amenities. With over 700 units sold globally, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX delivers a passenger baggage security solution with low energy usage.”

Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is certified by the TSA under the Checkpoint Property Screening System (CPSS) programme to detection standard 6.2, Level 1, permitting the scanner to operate at an enhanced level with lower false alarm rates, as well as ECAC EDS CB C3 and STAC approval.

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