DFW International Airport, Texas - GE's Security business announced that the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed and will put into service today two GE EntryScan3 walk-through explosives detectors for passenger screening at the just-opened International Terminal D of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Louis Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE's Security business, said, "GE is dedicated to developing the technologies that help travelers and their families enjoy greater peace of mind when flying. We are introducing new traveler-friendly equipment like the EntryScan to make travel more secure -- and more enjoyable -- worldwide."
The GE EntryScan3, which is popularly known as the "Puffer Machine," has already been deployed to dozens of high-risk facilities worldwide to help detect explosives.
In March, TSA announced that it would purchase nine GE EntryScan3 machines for use in U.S. airports. In addition to DFW, GE EntryScan3 trace portals currently are installed at passenger security checkpoints at airports in Los Angeles, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Miami, Fla.; San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Providence, R.I.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Diego, Calif.; Tampa, Fla.; and Gulfport, Miss.
The GE EntryScan3 scans for traces of explosives and alerts security screeners to potential threats. Passengers stand in the detection portal for a few seconds while it releases several "puffs" of air that stir up particles clinging to exposed skin and clothes. The EntryScan3 then captures and analyzes the resulting air sample for traces of explosives. A computerized voice prompts the passenger to exit when the scan is complete.