More news from my extended period of News Reading Opportunity Time (this is what I’m calling my jury duty waiting time, you know, so I don’t go postal. I’m in survival mode at this point). Apparently Dulles and Reagan Airports are going to be having some fun with air puffing. You know that test at the eye doctor when they blow a puff of air in to your eye? If you hate that, keep those buggers closed while you go through the new airport security check:

Washington – Dulles, Reagan National Get New Explosives Detectors
Dulles and Reagan National airports are now using high-tech explosive detectors at security checkpoints. The Transportation Security Administration said certain passengers will have to go through the new machines, which hit a person with bursts of air which release microscopic particles from the person. Those particles are then analyzed for traces of explosives. (AP – excerpt The Express)

A few questions: can I feel the “bursts?” Which “certain passengers?” Interesting, and I’m all for more security in airports if it means that my travel is safer. But what I’d like to see is a streamlined TSA with more guarantee that the current systems are efficient and effective. Once that’s done, I’m all for air puffy bursting anti-bomb security.

2 Comments so far

  1. John (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

    The CN Tower in Toronto funnels all of its visitors through those explosive sniffing machines… you can hardly feel it when you’re walking through; it just seems like you’re going through a noisy metal detector.

  2. Michael (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    Mental note: don’t set off any firecrackers before flying. (Illegal in Maryland anyway)

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