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  • bengrahamvalueinvestor bengrahamvalueinvestor Jun 8, 2005 2:40 AM Flag


    I don't know that the airport info is accourate for the testing. Customs purchased Bodysearch equipment for use at points at high traffic airports in 1999. They are in use. Have been for a while. No one talks about them much.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 29 1999

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Customs Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that new BodySearch systems will be installed at six international airports around the country over the next six months. The Body Search is cutting edge technology which will allow Customs inspectors to see if a passenger may be concealing contraband without subjecting the person to a personal search. The machines will be installed at the Los Angeles International Airport; Hartsfield International Airport, GA; Newark International Airport; JFK International Airport; Houston Intercontinental Airport; and Washington Dulles International Airport, VA.

    "This technology will allow Customs to offer passengers an alternative nonintrusive search method," said Kelly. "This is an important step in our efforts to improve our personal search process for passengers and inspectors alike."

    The BodySearch system is a body imaging machine that uses the same X-ray backscatter technology that is employed in the inspection of baggage and cargo. However, the X-ray strength of the BodySearch is low enough that it is not harmful to the passenger being examined, and is comparable to the amount of radiation received on a 2-hour plane flight. It can detect both metallic and organic material that may be concealed on the body, underneath clothing and hidden from external view.

    "We tested these machines at JFK International Airport and they proved to be an effective tool," Kelly said. "It is critical that we balance our need to stop drugs at the border, with our duty to perform our jobs in a civil, respectful manner."

    In fiscal year 1998, Customs seized 2,953 pounds of heroin. About 64 percent or 1,882 pounds were seized from commercial air passengers

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