Magazine article National Defense

Tunnel of Truth

Magazine article National Defense

Tunnel of Truth

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Transportation lab seeks radical change at airport checkpoints

LOS ANGELES - Transportation security Laboratory Director Susan Hallowell would like to see the day when airline passengers no longer have to take their shoes off after standing in a long line at airport security checkpoints.

To that end, she would like to combine the line and an array of sensors into what she calls a "tunnel of truth."

The concept - with the somewhat Orwellian name - would have passengers stand on a conveyor belt moving under an archway as various sensors scan them for weapons, bombs or other prohibited items. By the time they step out of the tunnel, they have been thoroughly checked out, she said at a homeland security science and technology conference sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association.

"You're in Une anyway ... why not enclose that in a little glass thing and do your analysis there?" she asked. The lab has given a grant to Perm State University to study the concept, she added.

The lab, located in Adantic City, N.J., is responsible for testing current screening devices and developing new technologies for both airports and for other public transportation. …

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