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42Elimination or Reduction of Baggage Recheck for Arriving International Passengers used in combination with baggage weight image, some CBP officers have cited the ability for assessing certain types of contraband. X-ray Image: Several countries have started to share X-ray images from EDS to assist with risk management. While the state of this technology is in its infancy, there is strong potential for X-ray images from abroad to play a role in risk management at home. Issues and Considerations Since the failed attack on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25, 2009, the capabilities of pre-departure intelligence vetting have taken on renewed prominence. The com- plexity of information sharing between countries, as well as the privacy rules airlines must abide by, should not be understated. At an operational level, the potential cost of administering a program to send information to CBP (e.g., the proposed US-VISIT Exit Program) could make solutions difficult to implement. Furthermore, there are technical challenges for information sharing because of the size of photo- graphs or other information transmitted to CBP. Nevertheless, this alternative procedure could prompt creative solutions that could serve as a future platform for the evolution of pre-departure intelligence and information processing. Alternative Procedure 5: Information Sharing with TSA Programs TSA and CBP are currently in an era of renewed data sharing. From cargo security to the implementation of Secure Flight, both DHS agencies have improved collaboration to com- bat potential terrorist and other threats. The level and urgency of cooperation has also been strengthened since the failed attack in Fall 2010 on UPS and FedEx aircraft. As a result, the opportunity to leverage TSA activities was discussed. Currently, all connecting baggage is subject to TSA baggage screening. For the international bag connection procedures operating at DFW, IAH, ATL, and GUM, all bags are inspected by the TSA after being unloaded from the aircraft and before being moved to the baggage make-up area (Figure 20). The TSA X-ray image could be of great value in augmenting the current CBP inspection process. The opportunity to share the X-ray image and/or intelligence between the branches of the DHS would provide CBP with increased awareness of baggage contents and could occur through multiple mechanisms: CBP officer in TSA bag screening area Transmission of TSA X-ray image to a workstation monitored by a CBP officer Dual processor within X-ray unit to run the TSA algorithm and a CBP-designed algorithm It is recognized that these concepts need further evaluation within the existing DHS regula- tions, codes, and policies. Figure 20. Passenger and baggage flow for information sharing with TSA programs.