Airline Security Technology In Endicott

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) President Obama is calling last week's terror scare aboard a plan headed for Detroit, "totally unacceptable."

He says it's clear that airline security systems need improvement.

But as Action News Reporter Leigh Dana tells us, one company in our area is already working to generate this technology.

This SureScan machine in Endicott could be the next piece of equipment to check your bags at the airport.

"This is one of the major significant pieces that has to be deployed to safeguard the American public," says LeeAnn Levesque, General Manager of SureScan.

SureScan works like any other Transportation Security Administration scanner you might see at the airport. The bag is placed on the belt and is detected for any terror threats. Only this scanner works at a much faster rate.

Because it is high speed equipment, you might want to deploy them rather in what they term Cadex airports; LAX, Atlanta, the New York airports, all the large airports," says Levesque.

Which could help reduce your wait time before boarding.

And this technology is flexible.
"You can shrink the size of this machine to allow us to detect carry on baggage and you can expand the size of this machine to allow us to detect bombs in cargo," says SureScan Director of Systems Engineering, Carl Bosch.

Not only can it uncover current explosive devices...

Bosch says it's capable of detecting future threats.

"But we're doing the best job that we can at finding conventional explosives and any new explosives that people are improvising to try and find them in any location they can stash them in the luggage."

Engineers have been developing SureScan for about 6 years.

And after last week's terror scare, companies in Europe have keen in on testing the product in 2010.

In Endicott, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

There are currently two SureScan machines being developed in Endicott and one being certified in Atlantic City.

SureScan anticipates all machines will be certified by the Transportation Security Administration within the next 3 to 6 months.

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