The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have some encouraging news to share.
Before we drop them on the conveyor belt, we’re clacking our boots with glee over this new piece of intel from TSA.
The government agency has announced the approval of a test run of next-generation computed tomography (CT) scanners. The new technology—called ConneCT—will allow travelers to keep liquids and laptops in their carry-on luggage.
“This milestone makes ConneCT available for demonstration in a US airport environment and brings next-generation CT checkpoint technology one step closer to market,” parent company Analogic wrote in a press release. “The result of 10 years of research and development, ConneCT was designed to increase passenger throughput at airports while increasing the level of security, and ultimately to allow personal electronic devices (PEDs) and liquids to remain in bags.”
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In addition to keeping liquids and laptops in your bag, other highlights of ConneCT include 3D imaging with touch screens, “automated threat detection,” and “airport-friendly design and engineering to allow for low-cost, easy maintenance and a long lifecycle.”
Sure, the pain of removing laptops and liquids from your carry-on may only amount to a few seconds saved per individual. But if there are 50 people in front of you at ATL or DFW, those precious minutes could make the difference between being margarita-bound on the beach or missing a tight connection.
American Airlines and TSA first started testing the new security screening system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston Logan Airport in June. Currently, there are no updates on when and where the next scanners will be implemented.