Computed tomography (CT) scanner in the security checkpoint has begun its operation at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB).
“We are happy that Daytona Beach International Airport is among the first airports to receive this new, state-of-the-art equipment screening equipment,” said Airport Director Karen Feaster. “Traveling through the TSA checkpoint at DAB has always been an efficient process, and now it’s even more efficient and safe for the TSA officers and our passengers.”
When the CT is in use, travelers do not need to remove electronics, food or travel-size liquids from carry-on luggage. Passengers in the TSA Precheck program have that benefit regardless of whether the CT is in use and all travelers are encouraged to sign up for the program.
Brian Cahill of TSA’s federal security director for DAB and seven additional airports in Central and Northern Florida said,
“The technology employs a sophisticated algorithm to analyze the content of each bag and allows TSA officers to rotate the image and ascertain that no threats are contained in the bag without needing to open the suitcase. Reducing the number of bags that need to be manually inspected to resolve a possible threat, means fewer touchpoints during the pandemic.”
TSA has modified its procedures at airports across the country as part of its “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” Campaign, in addition to the use of technology. Departing travelers can expect to see:
- All security officers wearing face masks and gloves during the screening process. If a security officer is working in close proximity to travelers, they are also required to wear eye protection or a face shield. Security officers will change their gloves after each screening position rotation, after a pat-down or upon a passenger’s request
- Reduced physical contact due to the installation of acrylic barriers that limit exposure between security officers and travelers when presenting their boarding pass and ID
- Social distancing leading up to and in the security checkpoint environment
- And through partnership with Daytona Beach International Airport, increased frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in the security checkpoint including bins. This is no substitute for practicing good hygiene while traveling. Travelers are encouraged to wash their hands before and after going through the checkpoint
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