Multiple U.S. airlines have begun using Smiths
Detection’s portable trace detection systems at boarding gates as
part of an initiative to enhance airport security.
500DT and Multi-Mode Threat Detector (MMTD) are being used to
check hand luggage for traces of explosives immediately before
passengers board flights heading to the United States.
Mark Laustra, Vice President of Homeland Security, Smiths
Detection, said, “We are pleased to help U.S. air carriers make
air travel as safe as humanly possible, and these orders are a
great example of how the airlines are working with the security
industry to intelligently expand layers of security through a
variety of technologies.”
The detectors, one desk-top and
the other hand-held, provide particle and vapor analysis by using
Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) technology, detecting both
explosives and narcotics from a single, easily gathered sample.
Rugged design and portability enable the systems to be readily
taken from gate to gate at boarding areas.
Smiths Detection provides training and support to the airlines to ensure
maximum functionality and proper care of the detectors.
The company, with major manufacturing plants in eight U.S.
states, also supplies industry-leading X-ray inspection systems,
bottle liquid scanners and other threat screening technology to
around 80% of the world’s airports.
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