New Airport Security Tool Unveiled

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Homeland security officials are showing
off the latest in future airport security technology - a machine developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory that can detect whether
a passenger is carrying liquid explosives.

The latest generation of the liquid scanner was put to the test in a demonstration at Albuquerque's international airport on Wednesday.

The device, about the size of a small refrigerator, measures the chemical fingerprint of liquids - even those in metal containers.

The device uses magnetic resonance to read the molecular makeup of the liquid to determine if its something dangerous. It can even tell the difference between red and white wine and different types of soda.

Officials say the technology is still a few years away from being deployed to airports around the country.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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