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In addition to checked baggage screening, TSA engineers have helped to develop and test many new technologies. Some of these now are being used while others are being tested in cities across the nation. I guess you can say they are really cracking down on fighting terrorism.

In 2006, the TSA was using puffer machines to test clothing for traces of explosives and illegal drugs in several airports nationwide. At security checkpoints passengers walk through a small doorway similar to a metal detector. Puffs of air are blown at them as they move through the doorway. The device then "sniffs" the air for traces of explosives. If any are found, the traveler is stopped for further questioning.

The TSA laboratory has tested a recent technology known as the backscatter. A machine uses X-rays to see inside objects. As passengers step into the machine, their image is outlined. This makes it easier for the officer to see prohibited items that may be hidden. Every passenger has the right to privacy, however. The TSA is carefully considering this issue because it could mean that backscatter technology is not right for this use. They hope to have software that will that will take care of privacy issues.

Biometric technology is a system used to identify people by their unique physical characteristics. These can include their fingerprints, their eye structure, the measurement of their hand, or the sound of their voice. It is also used to analyze one's DNA, hand print, and personal behavior. Such behavioral characteristics taken into account are their typing rhythm and gait. Hence, researchers give this another label: behaviometrics.

No two people have the same fingerprint or eye retina. If people change their name or carry false documents, their fingerprints or eye scan will help reveal their true identity. Likewise, fingerprints of a person never change except if the person suffered an accident or burn affecting the fingers.

For people who fly frequently, the Registered Travel Pilot Program allows them to pass through security more quickly. It was first tested in 2005 in several airports around the country. Once it becomes available for travelers regardless of where in the US they reside, private companies will operate the system. To become registered, each member must pay a fee and membership is strictly voluntary. Hence, those who prefer their privacy are not forced to use the program.

Just as well, there are drawbacks to biometric technology. Program employees have to be certain that terrorists do not use false background information to join the Registered Traveler Program. Also, equipment used to read the people's fingerprints or retina images must be absolutely accurate.

Biometrics is also used to screen people who apply for licenses to transport hazardous materials. These could be chemicals that explode or give off toxic fumes and can be used to harm people. The TSA works with a private company on this program, which is known as the Hazmat Threat Assessment Program.

Applicants submit their fingerprints and personal information then go through a complete background check. Their fingerprints are sent to the FBI fingerprint database to be checked for criminal history. Once cleared, they are allowed to transport hazardous materials. Only a select few travelers should be allowed such a license.

Brandon is a professional in the security industry and has had experience with walk through metal detectors for over 12 years. If you want to know more information about security related products please check out my website.

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