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O'Hare to revamp explosives detection

In a move to protect passengers from terrorism and reduce the number of lost bags, O’Hare International Airport will install a behind-the-scenes conveyor system that automatically routes luggage through explosives detectors and onto airplanes. The $24 million system, similar to one operating at security-conscious Heathrow International Airport in London and at only a few U.S. airports, will be set up first in O’Hare’s international terminal and later in the three domestic terminals, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. The equipment works faster and more accurately than human screeners and it can scrutinize up to 3,200 bags an hour, officials said. Security screeners would be needed only to manually check a bag if it set off an alarm and a second scan for explosives failed to resolve the alarm. The Chicago Police Department’s bomb and arson squad would be called as the final step if screeners were unable to interpret what was inside the luggage. Full Story

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