ALCOA, Tenn. — Work being done in East Tennessee could make getting through airport security a lot easier!

Smith's Detection is a world-wide company that specializes in safety measures. Their branch in Alcoa is currently working on a new x-ray machine that provides a three-dimensional image.

If installed a TSA security checkpoint at an airport, it could show screeners exactly what's inside a bag. That means your laptops, other electronics and even liquids could stay packed away!

The federal government is in the process of buying 300 of the scanners.

The technology could also be used at big events, like concerts or sporting events, making them safer.

"Part of the mission is just being a deterrent just by being here. If someone comes up and sees this there, its a deterrent because they know all their purses and backpacks are being screened," said Patrick Thompson, Product Manger of Smith's Detection.

The x-ray van for events was introduced a couple of weeks ago.