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Airports to test bomb-sensing devices

The Transportation Security Administration today will unveil the first new bomb-detection device in airports since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — machines that blow air at passengers and “sniff” for explosives. The agency is testing the machines to find out whether they work well enough to install them at every airport in the USA. Airports in Providence, Tampa, San Diego and Rochester, N.Y., will test the detectors for 45 days, TSA officials told USA TODAY. If the machines prove practical, they will help close a gap in security. Travelers now pass through metal detectors, and their carry-on bags are X-rayed, but most people boarding a plane are not searched for explosives. “We are moving very deliberately toward expanding explosive-detection capability at the passenger checkpoints at our airports,” TSA spokesman Mark Hatfield said. Full Story

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