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Gov't Plans New Rail Security Experiments

The government plans two new experiments to determine the feasibility of security checks for rail passengers and their bags. Beginning next week, the Transportation Security Administration will screen checked baggage that goes onto the five long-distance Amtrak trains that depart Washington’s Union Station every weekday. Screeners will use some combination of X-ray machines, bomb-sniffing dogs and handheld wands that can sense minute traces of explosives. Next month, the TSA will screen passengers as they board trains. Plans call for people to enter through the rear car, where they’ll be checked for explosives before moving forward to their seats. It’s expected screeners will use an X-ray machine for carry-on baggage and a portal that “sniffs” the air around a person for explosive residue. It isn’t yet clear which trains will be selected for the passenger test. Full Story

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