Smiths Detection to provide explosive detection walk-through portal at New York's JFK airport

Travel News Asia 19 November 2004

Smiths Detection, a leading provider of trace detection equipment, has been selected by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to test its explosive detection walk-through portal, Sentinel II, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. The Sentinel will be installed in Terminal 1, which houses several international carriers. The TSA will be evaluating the system's performance and its impact on terminal operations.

The Sentinel II is a non-invasive walk-through scanner that operates automatically, passing air gently over the body to release particles that are naturally absorbed by or cling to a person's clothing or body. These particles are then drawn into the instrument for analysis. Detection of these particles or vapors can indicate that a person is either carrying an explosive device or has come into contact with explosive substances.

"We are pleased to participate in this trial," said Bill Mawer, President, Smiths Detection North America. "Within the security industry, the Sentinel II is recognized as offering high-sensitivity and quick passenger throughput. It has been deployed at a number of nuclear sites and high-profile facilities."

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