The Transportation Safety Administration is testing a device that can detect suicide vests like the one worn by the Port Authority bomber last week — but rather than trying the life-saving technology in New York, it is deploying the devices in L.A.
Now Sen. Chuck Schumer is demanding the agency bring the tech to New York.
“We not only want these devices in America’s busiest cities, like New York, but we need them here,” Schumer said. “So, today, I am urging the TSA to bring these devices to New York City, test them in our subways, in Penn Station, in our airports, and, if they work as well as touted, pursue an expedited seal of approval that gives all of us another layer of security to fend off would be lone wolf terror.”
The devices can sense certain natural emissions by the human body, and it sets off alarm bells when an individual’s emissions are blocked, such as materials in a suicide vest, according to information from the TSA.
The agency announced it would test the so-called stand-off explosive detection units in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Dec. 13 — two days after Bengali national Akayed Ullah detonated a homemade bomb strapped to himself inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal, injuring himself and three innocent people.
The TSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.