DHS to test technologies on cargo at Seattle airport

The Homeland Security Department will begin testing air cargo screening technologies soon at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The testing, which is part of the $30 million Air Cargo Explosives Detection Pilot Program, aims to create a better understanding of the technological and operational issues associated with detecting hidden persons or explosives in air cargo, DHS said in a Nov. 8 announcement.

The program was launched in June at San Francisco International Airport.

DHS said the test program will help the Transportation Security Administration decide on how to handle and inspect air cargo and also assist in technological research and development on air cargo security infrastructure.

Tests will include assessing the movement of air cargo and how quickly it must be screened, and detecting carbon dioxide in cargo, which may indicate the presence of someone hidden inside.

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