posted on Aug, 15 2006 @ 02:28 PM
X-ray machines at airports have been reported to not have any ability to detect explosives. The Department of Homeland Security stated in a report
that the x-ray machines "do not provide the information necessary to affect detection of explosives."
In its April 2005 report, “Systems Engineering Study of Civil Aviation Security - Phase I,” the Homeland Security Department concluded that
images on X-ray machines don’t provide the information necessary to detect explosives.
Machines used at most airports to scan hand-held luggage, purses, briefcases and shoes have not been upgraded to detect explosives since the
report was issued.
TSA contends, however, that screening shoes is an important security strategy for detecting concealed weapons or tampering.
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Even though Homeland Security did put this report the TSA does spot check baggage for explosive material. X-Ray machines require the vital and
sometimes flawed human element to detect abnormalities in luggage.
There is no red flag stating that a bomb maybe in a bag but hopefully through skilled training, the TSA agents will be able to notice a problem before
it gets onto a plane.
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[edit on 15/8/2006 by Mirthful Me]
[edit on 17-8-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]