TSA Cancels Use of Airport "Puffer" Machines

United States — In a blog post Thursday (5/22), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it is phasing out the use of "puffer" machines used to screen passengers for trace amounts of explosives.

The TSA says it finds the devices, officially known as Explosive Trace Portals (ETPs), "do not meet the requirements for operational suitability due to frequent maintenance issues." Airports that have ETPs will continue to use them for now, but apparently no new devices will be procured.

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By Planet Data