Airport Security Machine Examines Carry-on Bags Without Human Screeners

The manufacturer is working with the Transportation Security Administration for possible deployment in U.S. airports.

PEABODY, Mass. – A company here is collaborating with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to bring to market new technology that is intended to make airport security checkpoints more effective and efficient.

Analogic Corp. (NASDAQ: ALOG) showed WBZ-TV a machine named COBRA that uses a rotating x-ray tube and computer detection system to automatically determine the contents of carry-on bags without human screeners.

“We get a very high resolution image. We can tell what’s in the bag and we can tell what material the things are that are inside the bag,” Analogic CEO James Green told the local CBS television affiliate.

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Green explained the system spins around the bag and takes in thousands of images to develop a three-dimensional image of the bag and its contents. That means passengers can leave their liquids, gels and laptops inside.

TSA, Green said, can screen roughly 150 passengers per hour at airport security checkpoints. With the use of COBRA that rate can increase to more 300 passengers per hour, he said.

COBRA has been deployed in London and Analogic is working with TSA to get final approval for deployment in the United States, Green told WBZ-TV.


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