The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded funding to four research and development (R&D) projects that will improve the threat detection capabilities of current X-ray technologies for passenger X-ray baggage systems.
These projects will be managed by the DHS S&T Checked Baggage Program, part of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency Explosives Division (EXD). The Checked Baggage Program supports Transportation Security Administration (TSA) technology R&D requirements to improve overall detection and false alarm performance for explosives detection system (EDS) technologies.
“The emergence of homemade explosives has placed many challenges on aviation security screening,” said DHS Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology, William N. Bryan. “S&T is making important investments in technology that will be leveraged into the next generation of checked baggage screening equipment.”