TSA to Evaluate Electronics Scanner as Alternative to Electronics Ban

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will evaluate the MobiLab® ES personal electronics scanner, from One Resonance Sensors (ORS).

MobiLab® ES is the only state-of-the-art inspection system that effectively screens devices such as tablets and notebooks, which are currently banned from being carried onboard by passengers on a number of flights to the United States.

In contrast to CT and other X-ray technologies, MobiLab ES is an affordable solution that may be deployed for at-gate or checkpoint electronics inspection.

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security imposed new restrictions on electronics in aircraft cabins on direct flights to the United States from a number of North African and Middle Eastern airports.

Pablo Prado, ORS Chief Executive Officer
Pablo Prado, ORS Chief Executive Officer

Recent reports indicate that an expansion of the ban may be extended to flights from European airports and other regions potentially impacting thousands of flights a week.

“We are pleased to have ORS’ MobiLab ES assessed by the TSA as a potential solution for screening of electronics and to deliver a new, more compact, and less costly security capability to airports and air carriers to address threats to transportation security,” said ORS Chief Executive Officer Pablo Prado.

“MobiLab ES was designed specifically to address the threat of explosives concealed in portable electronic devices. We are confident that the scanner will demonstrate its effective and rapid detection capabilities and its mission-critical utility in security checkpoints.”

MobiLab-ES Portable Electronics Scanner
MobiLab-ES Portable Electronics Scanner

ORS’ MobiLab ES uses harmless radio-frequency electromagnetic waves to inspect electronic devices for concealed threats.

Keep security lines moving. Inspection of phones, tablets and other electronics made simple

  • Detects explosives concealed in electronic devices, providing a simple Clear or Alarm message
  • Fast screening enables minimal or no disruption to security checkpoints
  • Reports specific threat material
  • Uses safe proprietary technology  – no lasers and no ionizing radiation
  • Provides Ethernet and USB connectivity to download reports and link to Data Management System
  • Does not use any consumables

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.K. Department for Transportation have evaluated the performance of the scanner, and trials have been performed at two airports in the Middle East.

One Resonance Sensors, is a leading provider of advanced instrumentation that uses radio-frequency technology to deliver accurate, rapid analysis for security and industrial applications.

One Resonance Sensors logoThe company’s products include MobiLab® ES (electronics scanner), MobiLab®BLS (bottled-liquid scanner which is endorsed by the European Civil Aviation Conference), and MobiLab® 130 Elemental Analyzer for mining and food industries.

The company also provides custom instrumentation for government and private organizations including NASA’s JPL, Texas A&M, U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.