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New scanners aid airport safety

After Sept. 11, the U.S. Congress made a requirement that all airports reach 100 percent screening of bags, and asked that airports use explosive trace detection equipment to reach that goal.

The recently installed machine scans the bags for threats by measuring and analyzing the density of the contents to determine if explosive threats are contained within.

The cost of each of the Reveal CT-80 EDS is about $350,000, Myers said, whereas other, alternative options could have cost the TSA, and the airport more money.

"The only other option for us was to create a central baggage checking location where the bags would be scanned and separated again," said Myers. But in order to do this, the airport would have to add an extension to the terminal and do a complete rerouting of its gates, which could have cost nearly $10 million.

The five machines were delivered to the airport in December, and installation was completed on Thursday, Feb. 5. According to Myers, every airline has its own Reveal CT-80 EDS except Northwest Airlines, which did not receive one because there are discussions of its merger with another airline.

By the end of last year, Uselding said, the TSA had deployed 242 Reveal CT-80 EDS machines to 93 airports nationwide.

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