A new method of scanning passengers' carry-on luggage with 3D images is one of two new technologies being tested at Los Angeles International Airport, officials announced Thursday.
Representatives of Los Angeles World Airports and the Transportation Security Administration said the emerging technology is being used in one lane at Terminal 1.
A computed tomography scanner is the latest in checkpoint X -ray scanning technology, LAWA said. TSA's current screening technology for carry-on bags uses 2-D images, but the CT technology creates a 3D image that can be viewed and rotated 360 degrees.
The other technology in use is Credential Authentication Technology, which allows TSA to validate the security features of a passenger's photo identification and match that information against the Secure Flight vetting system.
"The new technologies being tested at the Terminal 1 checkpoint are examples of how we can use emerging technologies to create a faster, easier and more secure experience," said Justin Erbacci, chief innovation and commercial strategy officer for LAWA.
"As we work to reimagine LAX, technology will be one of the ways we set ourselves apart from other airports. Our guests, as well as those at airports nationwide, will benefit from the testing of these processes and equipment."
TSA said it plans to have up to 40 CT units in place at airports around the nation by the end of the year, along with 16 units at federal testing facilities, and 145 units installed at airports by the end of fiscal year 2019.
"Through research and development, TSA has determined that CT-based screening technology is the best option available today for screening carry-on bags," said Keith Jeffries, TSA federal security director at LAX. "We are pleased to partner with LAX so we can jointly learn more about how the system operates in a busy airport environment. In the future, our goal is to allow passengers to keep liquids inside their carry-on luggage during the checkpoint screening process."