ATLANTA — The Transportation Security Administration is increasing the use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technology at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and a number of other airports nationwide.
“Explosive Trace Detection technology is a critical tool in our ability to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security,” TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides said in a statement. “Expanding the use of this technology at checkpoints and at departure gates greatly enhances security to keep the traveling public safe.”
As a result of the failed Christmas Day attack, the TSA said it has increased its “random use” of ETD technology “within security checkpoints to screen passengers’ hands and carry-on luggage,” the agency said in a news release.
“Officers may swab a piece of luggage or passengers’ hands, then use ETD technology to test for explosives,” the TSA said. “The swab is placed inside the ETD unit which analyzes the content for the presence of potential explosive residue.”
In addition to Atlanta, the TSA is also employing the technology at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Pitt-Greenville and Coastal Carolina Regional Airports in North Carolina.