The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began screening travelers earlier today in a relocated security checkpoint at Billings Logan International Airport (BIL). The new checkpoint, located on the second floor of the terminal, is part of a five-phase, multi-year terminal expansion project underway at BIL.
With the opening of the BIL checkpoint, travelers will be screened through a three-lane security checkpoint with a dedicated entrance on the left for TSA PreCheck-eligible travelers. The new checkpoint is more spacious, features updated queue space and state-of-the art security screening technology. Planning for future growth, the checkpoint can be expanded to include a fourth screening lane.
“TSA is pleased to be screening travelers through a new security checkpoint at BIL that features increased capacity and the latest technologies. The revised design positions us to deliver the most efficient screening experience in the most effective manner,” said TSA acting Federal Security Director for Montana David Durgan. “We are grateful for the strong partnership we have with the airport community that made today possible.”
As part of the renovation, TSA installed three new computed tomography (CT) scanners in the security checkpoint to screen travelers’ personal carry-on property. The CT scanner provides advanced explosives detection capabilities by applying a sophisticated algorithm to generate a 3-D image of the contents of the carry-on bag. A security screening officer can manipulate the 3-D X-ray image on-screen to allow for a better view of the bag’s contents, ultimately reducing the number of bag checks that are required.