I am currently at Newark Airport, just past through security, on my way to Chicago to get to the SES show. And they had these new detection machines, I have never been through one. The machine is named Smiths Sentinel II. They seem to be new at Newark Airport, according to the TSA person.
This is how it works.
You walk in, there is this bar that comes down in front of you, to make sure you don’t step forward (like that will stop you). There are two feet imprints, where you are suppose to stand. Then it sprays bolts of air at you, scans you in many different ways. Then it tells you, to exit forward.
There are all these cool lights and stuff around the machine and in the machine. Very cool stuff.
The Smiths Detection site explains;
The IONSCAN® SENTINEL II Contraband Detection Portal has been designed specifically to meet the challenge of screening people for trace amounts of explosives or narcotics in a timely fashion, and without coming into contact with them.
One thing for sure, it makes you feel safer.