Fitzpatrick Announces PHL Safety Investment

New Security Tech Means Safer Travel, Fewer Bag Checks

July 31, 2018

LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) announced the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plan to deploy cutting-edge security technology at the Philadelphia International Airport.

“I am very pleased that TSA will be deploying additional checkpoint CT scanners at our nation’s airports, especially nearby in Philadelphia. This new security screening technology enhances our threat detection capabilities, while streamlining the checkpoint process,” said Fitzpatrick, a member of the Homeland Security Committee. “We must continue to provide the American People with the best technology available to counter constantly-evolving threats both at home and abroad, while ensuring smooth and efficient travel.”

CT technology provides enhanced detection of threat items. Like existing CT technology used for checked baggage, the machines create such a clear picture of a bag’s contents that computers can automatically detect explosives, including liquids.  In the future, the goal is to keep laptops and 3-1-1 liquids inside of the bag during checkpoint screening.

Throughout his time on the Homeland Security Committee, Fitzpatrick has prioritized the implementation of modernized baggage scanning technology in U.S. airports. He previously urged the Department of Homeland Security and TSA to include CT scanner acquisition and deployment as an FY19 priority.

“TSA is committed in getting the best technology to enhance security and improve the screening experience. Use of CT technology substantially improves TSA’s threat detection capability at the checkpoint,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “By leveraging strong partnerships with industry, we are able to deploy new technology quickly and see an immediate improvement in security effectiveness.”

TSA plans to have up to 40 units in place at airports around the nation by the end of the year, along with 16 units at federal testing facilities. More than 145 will be in airports by the end of fiscal year 2019. The March 2018 Ominibus spending bill included $167 million for TSA procurement, including $64 million for accelerated acquisition and deployment of Computed Tomography Technology.

For the most up-to-date information about CT, visit TSA’s Emerging Technologies page.