TSA Program Tested At New Bern Airport To Soon Take Effect Nationwide

A pilot program by the Transportation Security Administration tested right here in the east is set to take off nationwide in a couple of weeks.

The flexible screening program allows screeners to rove airport gates and checkpoint lines and test passengers for explosives materials.

The action comes after the failed Christmas day bombing, when a man allegedly hid powdered explosives in his underwear to get through a checkpoint in Amsterdam.

The method which allows screeners to test passengers all the way to the boarding door was tested last year at a handful of airports including Coastal Carolina Regional in New Bern.

Metal detectors cannot spot materials like powdered explosives, so screeners will soon begin swabbing passenger hands and carry-on bags.

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