Waco Installs Advanced Explosives Detection System

27 May 2009 (Last Updated May 27th, 2009 18:30)

A $360,000 explosives detection system, known as the Auto-EDS, has been installed at Waco Regional Airport to screen carry-on bags for explosives and weapons. The cutting-edge technology uses CT X-rays to 'visually unpack' the bags without physically touching or removing items, accordin

A $360,000 explosives detection system, known as the Auto-EDS, has been installed at Waco Regional Airport to screen carry-on bags for explosives and weapons.

The cutting-edge technology uses CT X-rays to 'visually unpack' the bags without physically touching or removing items, according to Wacotrib.com, quoting a spokeperson from the Transportation Security Administration.

Waco Regional Airport says that the Auto-EDS contains a 44ft-long conveyor belt located at the same area of the airport where passengers are usually screened.

The US Department of Homeland Security provided the equipment and about 225 people are screened each day.