Lynchburg Regional Airport receives new baggage screening equipment

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TSA officers at Lynchburg Regional Airport screen a piece of checked luggage using the new computed tomography scanner. (TSA photo)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg Regional Airport has received some new baggage screening equipment from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The new equipment allows checked baggage to run through the new screening equipment, instead of TSA officers having to manually inspect each piece of baggage, whether it is a suitcase, duffel-bag, knapsack, box, golf bag or other items.

“This new piece of technology will streamline the check-in process, while adding efficiency, convenience and enhanced security. With the addition of this new security technology, only bags that trigger an alarm will need a manual inspection by our TSA officers.”

Chuck Burke, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Lynchburg Regional Airport

The new scanner uses computed tomography (CT) technology which enhances threat detection capabilities for checked baggage. The technology is similar to what is used in the medical field and research shows CT is the most consequential technology available today for airport checkpoints.

The CT technology applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives and other threats by creating a 3-D image that can be rotated 360 degrees on a monitor for a thorough analysis by a TSA officer.

If additional screening is a necessity, the TSA officer will manually inspect the item to be sure there are no prohibited items inside.

Those flying out of Lynchburg Regional Airport with a piece of luggage to check will visit the check-in counter of their airline to get their baggage tagged for its destination. Passengers will then take their tagged items to the new checked baggage scanner. TSA officers will place them on a conveyor belt to be scanned as the passenger proceeds to the security checkpoint.

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