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Daytona Beach airport security adds new screening technology

The space age has come to Daytona Beach International Airport. Transportation Security Administration is now using the most advanced technology available at its security checkpoints there.”These are CTs or Computed Tomography machines,” Sari Koshetz, a TSA spokeman said. They do look like something NASA would use, but the equipment is now in place at DBIA security checkpoints so TSA officers can better screen for threats in luggage. Everything a passenger brings, including a carry on bag, goes into a larger bin and through the CTs, which offer a three-dimensional rather than two-dimensional view.”With these machines, typically we can spin and rotate the image and we can determine that in fact there is no threat. The bag goes on its way and you don’ don’t have to stand and wait for your bag to be opened,” Koshetz said. Because of the better screening capabilities, passengers no longer have to remove their 311 toiletry bags or computers that might be in carry ons. The TSA images are clear and precise. Of course prohibited items — and a bin was just one example of what’s commonly collected — still have to be removed.But if you can’t take it with you, the airport will mail them back in an envelope you fill out.”Our operations team comes by and picks up those envelopes and then we mail it back to the passengers free of charges,” Joanne Magley from DBIA Marketing and Customer Service said. DBIA bragged about its smaller airport convenience, and staff says the new equipment enhances the experience, reducing the number of bags that have to be opened and speeding up the process. Daytona Beach International got some more good news. The airport has been awarded a US Department of Transportation grant. The grant is to recruit new non-stop service to the Chicago area. Though we know it, airport officials say it always bears repeating that no guns are allowed at TSA checkpoints. Passengers can fly with firearms properly packed in checked luggage only and the firearms have to be declared at check-in.

The space age has come to Daytona Beach International Airport.

Transportation Security Administration is now using the most advanced technology available at its security checkpoints there.

“These are CTs or Computed Tomography machines,” Sari Koshetz, a TSA spokeman said.

They do look like something NASA would use, but the equipment is now in place at DBIA security checkpoints so TSA officers can better screen for threats in luggage.

Everything a passenger brings, including a carry on bag, goes into a larger bin and through the CTs, which offer a three-dimensional rather than two-dimensional view.

“With these machines, typically we can spin and rotate the image and we can determine that in fact there is no threat. The bag goes on its way and you don’t have to stand and wait for your bag to be opened,” Koshetz said.

Because of the better screening capabilities, passengers no longer have to remove their 311 toiletry bags or computers that might be in carry ons.

The TSA images are clear and precise.

Of course prohibited items — and a bin was just one example of what’s commonly collected — still have to be removed.

But if you can’t take it with you, the airport will mail them back in an envelope you fill out.

“Our operations team comes by and picks up those envelopes and then we mail it back to the passengers free of charges,” Joanne Magley from DBIA Marketing and Customer Service said.

DBIA bragged about its smaller airport convenience, and staff says the new equipment enhances the experience, reducing the number of bags that have to be opened and speeding up the process.

Daytona Beach International got some more good news.

The airport has been awarded a US Department of Transportation grant.

The grant is to recruit new non-stop service to the Chicago area.

Though we know it, airport officials say it always bears repeating that no guns are allowed at TSA checkpoints.

Passengers can fly with firearms properly packed in checked luggage only and the firearms have to be declared at check-in.

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