MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Scanning for potentially dangerous items in carry-on bags has gone high tech at Miami International Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration has begun using a new 3-D computed tomography (CT) scanner in a checkpoint lane to detect explosives and other prohibited items that may be inside carry-on bags.

This is the first of its kind at Miami International and one of the first units at a U.S. airport checkpoint. The new scanner is located in Concourse D at TSA Checkpoint #4.

Using sophisticated algorithms, the scanner creates 3-D images that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for a thorough analysis. By doing this, the machine creates a clear picture of a bag’s contents which results in fewer bags needing to be physically opened.

(Source: TSA)

Miami International is the America’s third-busiest airport for international passengers and boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers.


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