US Trans Dept Orders More Machines To Detect Explosives
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WASHINGTON (AP)--The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has ordered more machines to detect explosives in airline baggage.
Still, many officials doubt there will be enough of the $1 million devices in place to inspect all checked bags by year's end.
Kenneth Mead, the Transportation Department inspector general, said Tuesday the department will fall short by hundreds of machines. John Magaw, undersecretary for transportation security, said the agency is looking at other technology to meet the deadline.
InVision Technologies (INVN) of Newark, California, announced Tuesday that the security agency had placed a $169.8 million order for 100 machines and parts for 300 others.
Transportation Department spokesman Leonardo Alcivar said the agency was close to buying 100 machines from the other company certified to build the equipment, L-3 Communications (LLL) of New York.
Department officials have said they expect to certify a third company, Perkin-Elmer Detection Systems (PKI), whose machines are used at British airports.
The two orders would more than double the 161 explosive detection machines now in place. That would still be far fewer than the more than 2,000 machines needed at the nation's 429 commercial airports to screen all checked bags.
I think that when its official this will help PKI's earnings in this year.