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New scanners for screening passenger bags at Green Bay airport

Posted at 5:48 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 18:48:49-05

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- Passengers flying out of Green Bay's Austin Straubel International Airport had their belongings screened with new high-tech scanners Monday.

The TSA demonstrated their new three-dimensional scanners that are state of the art, showing security agents a three-dimensional image.

"Much like what you see in a Dr.'s office or hospital with the CAT scanning, it's identical technology. We can look at an area of a bag in particular, an item of interest, what we refer to as a potential or obvious threat, and actually get up and close with it through the x-ray technology," explained Mark Lendvay, Federal Security Director of TSA in Wisconsin.

Each unit has roughly a 5-year life cycle and costs about $330,000. The scanners are already being used in Madison and Milwaukee.