Star Trek-like technology being developed at The University of Arizona might soon screen airplane passengers for explosives as they walk through a portal similar to a metal detector while hand-held units scan their baggage.
The new device is about 1,000 times more sensitive than the equipment currently used in airports to discern explosives. Rather than analyzing a swab from a persons briefcase, the new technology could detect the traces of explosives left in air that passes over a person who has handled explosives.
"This is a form of tricorder," said M. Bonner Denton, the professor of chemistry at UA in Tucson whos spearheading the new technology. Denton said combining such technology with a walk-through portal would make it simple to screen 100 percent of passengers.
Jeff Harrison | EurekAlert!
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