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"Air Puff" Security Machine Question  
User currently offlineNewkai From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 330 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

Last month when flying out of JFK's Terminal One, I got to be one of the few lucky ones who were put in a line to experience some kind of new(er) security machine which shot air at me from a bunch of little jets like those they have at opticians.

I was wondering... Is this the new machine that's getting a lot of media attention that basically gives screeners a naked image of you (Backscatter X-ray)?

One of the air shot went into my right eye and it hurt for several hours afterwards.

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User currently offlineStarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1130 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

No.

The reason it puffs air at you to "sniff" you. It is a chemical trace machine looking for the scent of explosives.

An x-ray machine doesn't need to blow air at you.



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User currently offlineKBOS From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

I believe that machine will detect residue from explosives to determine if you have had any recent contact with them.


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User currently offlineBridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3764 times:

It sniffs you for explosive chemicals and even drugs. I usually go through that line as an employee when the employee only sign isn't being followed as it is always a shorter line.. and the air puffs don't hurt so I'm not sure what got into your eye. It's fun watching skirts blown up! lol jk

User currently offlineNewkai From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

Well one puff just happened to be right next to my eye. It seriously felt like the ones you get at the optician before an eye exam.

Thanks to everyone for the quick answering of my question!


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