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David Lewkowict

Atlanta, GA

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X-Ray Machine Sees Baggage Dangers

January 11, 2010 - 6:06 PM | by: David Lewkowict

A Georgia company says it may have the solution to the TSA’s 3-1-1 program.  That’s right! an end to packing tiny, 3 ounce bottles of shampoo and other liquids into a single 1 quart plastic bag.

ScanTech Holdings has developed a checkpoint baggage scanning machine designed to replace the antiquated technology used in airports today.  Current devices are not capable of detecting compounds like glycol-based liquid explosives and PETN (believed to have been used during the recent failed bombing attempt aboard a Detroit-bound jetliner Christmas day).

ScanTech’s baggage screening machine, called the Sentinel, takes x-rays of carry-ons from four seperate angles — more easily detecting contraband items that would be missed by current technology.

When an item is detected it sends the operator a warning identifying the type of item and its location in the bag – automatically.

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ScanTech is one of a number companies seeking a TSA contract, but the Sentinel has already been selected by Abu Dhabi for their new international airport.

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