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Accountability Office wants explosives detecting machines updated

13-Jul-2011 11:18 AM

US’ Government Accountability Office stated the country’s explosive detection systems’ (EDS) need to be updated, as most are now 10 years old and operating under 1998 standards (The Washington Times, 12-Jul-2011). The machines are deployed at 462 US airports and screen luggage for explosives. Florida Republican John Mica has accused the Transportation Security Administration of “wasting time” and “weakening our ability to address the latest terrorists threats”. The TSA responded that it plans to move ahead with the deployment of new machines, with funding from a 2009 stimulus bill.