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Huntsville International Airport Implements Cutting-edge Scanner Technology

No, it does not teleport you directly from the security checkpoint onto the airplane … maybe one day.

The CT scanner employs an algorithm to analyze the contents of each bag. (Photo/Huntsville International Airport)

But Huntsville International Airport’s state-of-the-art Computed Tomography scanner streamlines the screening process and reduces the number of touchpoints at the security checkpoint.

With the CT scanner, travelers will not need to remove electronics, food, or travel-size liquids from their carry-on luggage. This, in turn, reduces the number of bags that need to be opened for inspection.

“The CT machine employs a sophisticated algorithm to analyze the contents of each bag,” said Federal Security Director Gail Linkins, “and allows TSA (Transportation Security Administration) officers to rotate the image for a thorough analysis.” 

“One of Huntsville International Airport’s top priorities throughout the pandemic continues to be keeping passengers, tenants and employees safe,” said Rick Tucker, airport CEO. “This is also a priority for our partners across the airport as evidenced by the Transportation Security Administration’s continued efforts to reduce touchpoints.

“HSV is pleased that TSA in Huntsville will now offer this new technology as we all continue to work to provide our region with a facility that continues to improve safety and that our customers can utilize comfortably.”

To take advantage of the benefits offered by the CT scanner, travelers should enroll in the TSA Precheck program. Once enrolled, passengers do not have to remove shoes, belts, lightweight jackets, electronics, or their bag of travel-size liquids and gels. To apply for the program, visit www.tsa.gov/precheck

TSA is extending its “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign from the summer. Still in place through the holidays, the campaign focuses on stopping the spread of COVID-19 and reduces the potential for cross-contamination at security checkpoints.