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B. Analyzing Screening Procedures for Air Cargo on Passenger Airlines

Narrator: This is Science Today. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is participating in a multi-agency effort to better understand the technological and operational issues associated with explosives detection for air cargo. Howard Hall, a program leader at the Lab, says they're analyzing existing explosives detection technology to determine how best to apply those procedures to air cargo on passenger airplanes.

Hall: The equipment was really designed for checked baggage and cargo is different from checked baggage, but we will understand at the end of this, how effective we can be with that existing technology.

Narrator: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched this pilot program last summer at the San Francisco International Airport . Two other, as yet unannounced federalized airports will also participate.

Hall: The bottom line for us is to provide credible, reliable information to the policy makers on the operations impacts and effectiveness of this technology in the air cargo environment, so that they can make the best decision possible as to how to protect the country.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin .