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TSA tests system to detect suicide bombers on transit

The Transportation Security Administration is working with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CA) to test a system to detect suicide bombers.

The system, known as a stand-off explosive detection unit, measures naturally occurring emissions from the human body. When someone wearing a suicide vest (that’s a “person-borne improvised explosive device” in TSA-talk) walks by, the emissions are blocked and the system sounds an alarm.

“Along with industry partners, we are committed to identifying, testing, and deploying technology that addresses threats to transportation across the spectrum,” said TSA administrator David Pekoske in a statement. “We need to innovate and evolve faster than the adversary and, more importantly, deploy technology ahead of the threat-curve.”

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