The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens 2.1 to 2.2 million travelers on an average weekday. Even though these numbers might be lower right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency still needs to ensure that everyone traveling through our nation’s airports can reach their destinations safely and securely. TSA and its employees need to be able to maintain effective and efficient security operations that can screen everyone for potential threats such as contraband, weapons and explosive devices. To help them better prepare for attempted security breaches, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) is evaluating artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) capabilities that have the potential to improve TSA’s ability to better protect our air transportation system and everyone that relies on it.
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