It’s that time of year again. Prepare for inspection. Get to the airport hours early, just to stand in line with other sleep-deprived travelers. March forward, splay open your belongings. Separate your valuable electronics and leak-prone liquids into trays. Try to ignore the frustrated tutting of the guy behind you. This is the airport TSA shuffle we all know and abhor. But now, thanks to new technology, the experience is set to improve.
Airports in the US are joining those in the rest of the world and are starting trials of new bag scanners, using the CT tech common in hospitals, that will give TSA agents a major upgrade over the x-ray scanners they use now. Agents will be able to virtually unpack bags and spin objects around in 3-D, eliminating the need for you to unpack—and keeping everyone moving as well as safe.