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American Airlines Tests CT Scanning to Keep Laptops in Carry-Ons

  • Device in Phoenix offers 3-D view superior to current X-rays
  • Experiment with TSA comes as expanded cabin ban is considered
The silhouettes of travelers are seen walking at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., on Sept. 6, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

American Airlines Group Inc. on Thursday began the first U.S. test of new airport-security scanners that provide a more detailed view inside carry-on luggage and may allow travelers to keep laptops in their bags.

The CT scanner, using technology borrowed from the medical world, is being used in a security checkpoint lane at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the airline said in a statement. The testing, at Terminal Four, is being conducted with the Transportation Security Administration.