TSA rolls out new scanners across U.S. to shorten security lines

The images of a full-body scanner can be seen on a monitor in Cologne, Germany, 15 November 2016. Authorities and air travel companies have jointly presented a new system of control for flight guests and luggage at the airport Cologne/Bonn. The security process will be adjusted accordingly, revised and combined with new technology. Photo: Oliver Berg/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Oliver Berg/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The Transportation Security Administration is bringing new 3D security scanners nationwide, which means your next airport experience could go a lot smoother. 

TSA began testing the "computed tomography" machines at airports in Phoenix and Boston in June 2017. Since then, the machines have been expanded to 12 more locations

In a press release, TSA announced 300 new systems will be deployed at more airports nationwide thanks to a $96.8 million contract.

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The biggest perk for travelers? You may not have to take your laptop, liquids and other materials out of your carry-on bag for inspection in the coming years.

Unlike a standard two-dimensional X-ray that most travelers see at airport checkpoints, the 3D technology allows TSA officer to rotate the image digitally to examine a suspicious item without unpacking a bag.

The initial deployment of new systems is expected to begin in summer 2019 and be completed in 2020. It is unclear which airports will receive the new scanners first.

 They may be the closest to the body scanners of Total Recall we are going to get at this point.


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