Emerging Threats

Published: July 15, 2008 at 6:27 PMOrder reprints | Print Story | Email to a Friend | Post a Comment Close WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday an initiative to speed up the implementation of new security technologies at airports.

The TSA announced plans to deploy advanced technology X-ray and passenger imaging technologies at 21 of the busiest airports in the United States before the end of 2008.

The initiative to increase the ability of TSA security authorities to detect improvised explosives and other threats will include installations of as many as 300 additional AT X-rays and 80 passenger imagers around the country, the TSA reported.

"This major step up in technology, coupled with our enhanced security training for our officers, will elevate security across the board," Kip Hawley, TSA administrator, said in a statement.

The new push to deploy the threat detection technologies will bring the total number of AT X-rays machines in operation by the TSA to 900 and a total number of passenger imaging units to 120 before 2009.

"AT X-ray and passenger imaging technologies greatly enhance our ability to find small improvised explosive device components made of common items, which remain the greatest threat," Hawley said.

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