TSA Deploys 3D Laser Scanning Services In Fight Against Terrorism
Ensuring Security and Safety
Smuggling explosives or other dangerous items on board an airplane is never a good idea. It’s even less so now that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun using 3D laser scanning services and deploying 3D scanners at airports all over the country. The aim is to increase security and protection against the growing threat of terrorism.
The scanner implementation had been planned for some time. According to David Pekoske, the agency’s administrator, the program was initially expected to be implemented in 145 airports by 2019, but that number has now been increased to 200.
The 3D scanning service is one of the few ways the TSA attempts to strike a balance between security and easing some of the limits imposed in previous years in response to airborne incidents following the September 11 attacks.
Since their installation by the Transportation Security Administration, the state-of-the-art scanners with three-dimensional imaging and based on computed tomography (CT) technology are already in use at Niagara Falls International Airport, thereby putting one more layer of security for local air travelers.
This 3D laser scanning service might also make it a little easier for you to get past security. The federal director of security, TSA, for upstate New York, Bart R. Johnson, assured us that the new 3D scanning service would provide valuable and much-needed detection capability for explosives at the checkpoint.
TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the new equipment, similar to those long CT tubes for people, will be available at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in a few weeks and at all upstate airports shortly after. She also stated that a laptop computer in luggage would previously have to be removed due to outdated technology that only produced two-dimensional images.
She explained that rather than looking at 2-dimensional photographs, the Transportation Security Administration officer will be able to rotate from top to bottom, have a better sense of what is going on, and detect if something is concealed just by employing the 3D scanning service.
The 3D scanning service, valued at $198 million, will be implemented countrywide and use algorithms for bomb detection by creating a 3-D image that a security officer can examine and spin on three axes. TSA officials will investigate a bag if it warrants additional screening, they added, to guarantee no hazards are contained inside.
The Benefit of Using 3D Laser Scanning Services
The 3D scanning service generates such a crisp image of the contents of a bag that explosives, including liquid explosives, are easily spotted. TSA officials said the photos were created by taking hundreds of shots with an X-ray camera revolving around the conveyor belt to generate three-dimensional views of the contents of a carry-on bag.
The technology will lessen the load on travelers by asking them to take fewer items out of their bags before scanning, in addition to providing a simple and rapid approach for agents to assess these pieces of baggage.