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existing system without the addition of any delay and with less than a l (one) t false alarm rate. It weighs less than 30 lbs. , costs 1/3rd the price of an x-ray machine, is simple to use, and detects explosives in less than 2 seconds. The detection capabilities of this instrument is well documented in tests conducted in 1987 at Baltimore Washington International Airport and at the FBI Academy in 1988.
The ITI Walk Thru Detector (Model 85) is widely used in the U. S. Nuclear Power Industry and protects the Houses of Parliament in London. It can process one person every 6 (six) seconds.
The decision facing the U. S. today is a policy, not a technical decision. The threat is so acute and the consequences so dreadful that we should enhance the capabilities of the current system now by the addition of commercially available instruments such as we have shown you here today.
Deployment of these or any similar instruments does not eliminate the need to continue R & D efforts to find an even better solution. In fact anything that can be done to accelerate new technologies should be done. But at the same time, the research into better solutions should not delay deployment of currently available instruments. Tomorrow's technology is important but our focus must be on what we can do today to enhance the system.
We strongly support the recommendation of the Air Transport
Association that a special appropriation be made from the
Aviation Trust Fund for the acquisition of explosives detectors. The ATA's estimated $17,100,000 cost for vapor detectors is sufficient to deploy more than 1400 ITI Portable Explosive Detectors and could equip all U. S. carriers at high-threat airports abroad and at home.
We also recommend that R & D funding be expanded to speed up the progress. ION TRACK INSTRUMENTS INC., as an FAA Research Contractor, has new technology in the laboratory that shows every promise of detecting an even higher percentage of the threat.
In summary, the threat to the Air Transport Industry has changed from hijackings to bombings. Equipment is commercially available which has and will deter the terrorist bomber. What is needed today is:
a. ) A policy decision to use today's tools,
b. ) funds to make that possible, and
c. ) increase funding for research.
March 20, 1989 FACTSHEET Explosive devices (BOMBS) are TODAY the most alarming threats to the safety of the world's air travelers.
Recent events show a DANGEROUS INCREASING TREND in bombing incidents.
There are No Government REQUIREMENTS for bomb detector devices in the U. S. air security program :
Yet, ITI bomb detectors have been protecting people FOR OVER 15 YEARS : :
Current users of ITI bomb detectors include:
SEMTEX is believed to be the explosive substance (plastique)
used in the bombing of Pan Am 103, as well as most other recent terrorist incidents. ITI has successfully detected SEMTEX, the "terrorist's choice" explosive, in EVERY TEST conducted to date, a 100 % success rate with actual captured samples |
ITI's personnel and baggage detectors are:
AVAILABLE / IN USE TODAY / COST-EFFECTIVE / HIGHLY RELIABLE