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Shoes Through TSA Security
Saturday, 04 October 2008
shoes If you fly out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) , you might hit it lucky and – hold onto your hat – be asked to leave your shoes on while passing through security.

Starting this summer, tests have been run on a machine called “The PassPort” which is supposed to detect the presence of any explosives that might be used in a shoe bomb. As you move through the device, the PassPort takes samples from your hands, torso and feet, and results are available within a few seconds.

The TSA tested a similar device last year at the Orlando International Airport, but found it lacking. Homeland Security will be testing the new PassPort device as well, and comparing notes with the TSA. The testing of the machine was delayed because they were unable to decide where the best place was to put it and, according to Larry Fetters, the  Federal Security Director for the TSA at LAX, they were “waiting for the airport to change the electrical connections to accommodate the machines.” Even the greatest technology doesn't get very far without the right plug.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 October 2008 )
 
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