Guest Editorial by Kevin Gramer, Vice President, Thruvision
Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, protecting the flying public has been the top priority of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
A focus of this effort has been the airport security checkpoint.
But as terrorists adopt their tactics and focus on events, public venues and surface transport, the traditional airport checkpoint approach has serious limitations.
Passive teraherz technology, which has been extensively tested by US TSA and is now being deployed by a major US transit agency, could help address these issues.
Personnel Borne Threats: A Growing Threat to Public Venues and Surface Transportation
A 2015 MIT study, “Has Successful Terror Gone to Ground?” concluded terrorists have shifted to attacking surface transit using concealed person-borne threats, including improvised explosive devices (PBIEDs), weapons, and bombs.
Terrorists believe concerts, sporting events, surface transport and public venues are “softer targets” for concealed person-borne threats.
Recent attacks at Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Times Square, Orlando, Florida, and the Boston Marathon, as well as internationally in the UK, France, Belgium and Istanbul underscore this conclusion.
Unfortunately, the traditional aviation checkpoint approach is not well-suited for surface transport, events and public venues.
(See the technology. Courtesy of Thruvision and Vimeo. Posted in July 2018.)