If proponents in Congress get their way, you could be seeing an improved baggage screening process in the near future. USA Today reports that approximately $7 billion has been proposed for new technology that screens bags 10 times faster than current machinery.
The technology, called in-line screening, will consist of conveyor belts with built-in bomb detectors. The belts will transport bags from point to point, starting at check-in, reducing the need for “less-reliable methods” such as hand searches and dog squads.
Several airports have already adopted in-line screening. If this legislation is passed, the proposed budget would enable 10 additional airports to add the system in 2008.
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