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TSA checkpoint gets new 3-D scanners to improve explosives detection

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Three state-of-the-art advanced technology Computed Tomography (CT) checkpoint scanners that provide 3-D imaging will soon be installed at the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Hector International Airport (FAR).

“Along with providing critical explosives detection capabilities, this new technology improves the ability for our TSA officers to determine whether an item inside a carry-on bag is a possible threat,” said North Dakota TSA Federal Security Director David Durgan.

The machines are being installed at FAR starting July 5, and certain lanes may be closed during this process. During times of high volume, delays and lines are possible at the checkpoint. Passengers should arrive at the airport two hours before their flight and keep prohibited items out of their carry-on bags to help ensure an efficient screening experience for everyone.

“Our main concern is always passenger safety,” Hector International Airport executive director, Shawn Dobberstein said. “With the addition of this technology, we feel we are offering Fly Fargo travelers the best security solution, which also means more convenience and efficiency.”

This equipment is similar to what is used to scan checked baggage for explosive devices. It has been “sized” to fit at checkpoints to create such a clear image of a bag’s contents that the system can automatically detect explosives, including liquids, by shooting hundreds of images with an X-ray camera spinning around the conveyor belt to provide TSA officers with the three-dimensional views of the contents of a carry-on bag. Checkpoint CT technology should result in fewer bag checks. Passengers using this machine will be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags.
The installation is expected to be completed by July 22.

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