Wed, Oct 27, 2004
Will Remain During Entire 90-Day Pilot Program
The TSA Monday said it has deployed
an explosives detection trace portal from Smiths Detection of Pine
Brook (NJ). This is TSA’s first deployment of a Smiths
Detection trace portal, and it will remain at JFK for at least 90
days during the trace portal pilot program. It will be placed in
Terminal One of New York's John F. Kennedy International
"TSA is committed to using cutting-edge technology in the
defense of the nation," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.),
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA. "The deployment
of this device marks one more successful step toward achieving our
goals of safety and security for America's travelers."
In the trace portal pilot program, passengers walk through
portals similar to the walk-through metal detectors. Puffs of air
are blown at passengers, and samples are then collected and
analyzed for explosives. If the portal's alarm sounds, the
passenger and his/her property are subject to additional screening.
Once cleared, the passenger is free to continue boarding.
TSA recently announced the purchase of five trace portals from
Smiths for $731,500. Explosives detection trace portals have
already been deployed in five airports: T.F. Green State Airport,
Providence (RI), Greater Rochester International Airport (NY), San
Diego International Airport (CA), Tampa International Airport (FL),
and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (MS).
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