Several senators voiced concern over the Transportation Security Administration’s slow rollout of new airport screening technology at a hearing Wednesday.
Commerce Committee members Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., questioned acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell about the delay in meeting the TSA Modernization Act requirement.
TSA lost about 90 days because a contract for 300 computed tomography (CT) screening systems awarded to Smiths Detection, Inc. was protested. But the protest was resolved, and TSA plans to deploy the machines along with 500 credential authentication technology (CAT) systems this fall, Cogswell said.
CT machines gather additional sensor data when screening bags and bins, meaning travelers can leave electronic items like laptops inside — speeding up the process.