Amtrak, NJT begin testing devices to seek out bombs

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NEW YORK – Amtrak and NJ Transit are working with the Transportation Safety Administration to test and install bomb detection technology at stations around the New York area, reports. The decision to increase such efforts comes a week after a 27-year-old man strapped a homemade bomb to himself and detonated it near a Times Square subway station.

The explosive detection technology has previously been used at the Super Bowl and other major sporting events and can warn officials if someone with a bomb is entering an area. "The fact that we have this new, potentially life-saving technology at our fingertips – an ability to detect concealed explosives worn by cowards looking to do us harm -– demands the federal government put both the testing and the perfecting of this technology on the fast track," Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says. reports that Amtrak and NJT have worked with TSA on the technology in years past but it has never been used.
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