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TSA contracts for more explosive detection systems

L-3 detection system

The Transportation Security Administration has purchased additional explosives detection systems for small and medium-sized airports nationwide.

TSA said in a Feb. 10 statement that it bought more Reduced Size Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) that will provide streamlined screening capabilities and enhanced security for checked baggage systems at U.S. airports.

The airport security agency bought the equipment in contracts with Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc. and L-3 Communication Security & Detection Systems, Inc.

The EDS units are automated systems that scan checked baggage and analyze the contents to determine whether explosive threats might be present. TSA said it screens 100 percent of checked luggage for explosives and it has currently deployed more than 450 Reduced Size EDS units to smaller airports around the country

"This state-of-the-art technology greatly enhances both the security and efficiency of checked baggage screening and I am pleased to see more units headed to U.S. airports," said TSA Assistant Administrator for Security Capabilities Robin Kane in a statement. "We look forward to continuing to use the best available technologies and providing the highest level of security for travelers."

This contract award will strengthen security by increasing the capabilities of checked baggage screening at U.S. airports, it said, adding that older systems at the end of their useful lifecycle will be upgraded with the more efficient, automated systems.


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