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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  • by jack Location: here on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    this is asinine.....another intrusion to the public that should be subjected to only those that are suspected of being a nut job. It is stupid not to admit profiling suspects is the correct way to protect airports. playing games to cover up the fact that indeed all law enforcement secretly use profiling is again stupid. and as far as swabs go any idiot can load the weapon/bomb and the carrier would be clean and working with explosives i'm sure they can keep everything clean; it takes a technical mind to play with such things and gloves in an enclosed environment would keep dust from contaminating the bombers. this is just for the government to say look what we can do , we got it under control, if the idiots had of listened to the multiple serious hints that this guy is a nut job the xmas day plot would have never reached the damned airport. our govt sucks and i'm afraid our public is not smart enough to figure out how screwed up usa is until it is US of china....WAKE UP PEOPLE!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    The swabbed my hands when I went through security leaving from PGV in January also.
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