The Transportation Security Administration is bracing for a record number of people at airport security checkpoints around the country this Thanksgiving. Nearly 27 million passengers are expected to be screened during the holiday period, meaning travelers could face long security lines. But new technology being tested by the TSA could speed up screenings and address passenger complaints over electronics, liquids and taking off their shoes.
In a field outside Providence, University of Rhode Island researchers are working on new ways to detect and stop explosives popular with terrorists. They’re partnering with the Department of Homeland Security on a sensor – called a “digital dog nose” – that will soon be the size of cell phone. Able to be mounted on a drone, it could can detect homemade explosives as well or better than a bomb-sniffing dog.
They’ve also created a gel called “Schmoo” that can surround an explosive or chemical agent and flash-freeze it so it can be safely removed from a transit hub.