A recent article from Entrepreneur magazine offers encouraging news for laptop carriers. What is currently considered a time consuming, annoying task — removing your laptop from your carry-on luggage during TSA scanning security checks — may be a thing of the past.
Coming soon to an airport near you is new technology that will let you to keep your laptop safely tucked away in your carry-on luggage, like your Platinum® Elite Expandable Business Brief or Crew™ Executive Choice™ 2 Checkpoint Friendly Backpack.
(And while the Checkpoint Friendly Backpack lets you keep your laptop in your bag — you just unzip it and open it up so the two halves lays flat — these new scanners will soon make that step unnecessary.)
While it won’t happen right away (up to eight years, according to some estimates), the TSA plan to install the new scanning technology in all U.S. airports. The process began with awarding the $97 million contract to an east coast supplier.
How Do the New Scanners Work?
According to the article, current baggage scanners scan objects in two dimensions. Everything inside your bag looks flat, and so unusual masses like laptop batteries or a stack of books have to be checked out separately.
The new technology will provide 3D images of items inside a bag, and the images can be examined more closely. Here how:
The new computer technology (CT scanners) can make 3D x-ray images of laptops inside bags. These images can be rotated 360 degrees, showing a highly detailed image. These scanners can detect explosives and other hidden threats, according to the TSA.
The security agency has been testing the new scanning technology in New York’s John F. Kennedy airport and LAX in Los Angeles. There aren’t any reports on how the technology is working there or reaction from travelers, but the TSA does expect this to reduce wait times at security checkpoints, which can only make people happier.
Smith Detection, a Maryland-based company was awarded the contract and is set to provide 300 CT scanning systems to be installed in yet-to-be-named airports. Installation will begin this summer and the process is expected to take up to eight years to complete.
Bloomberg Government also reported that the devices will allow you to keep liquids in your carry-on luggage, but the TSA said that won’t happen anytime soon.
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