devildog2222
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Portable X-Ray Machine At SFO At T-A

Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:24 pm

When my dad was driving past the gates at T-A of SFO today, he noticed 12 customs agents and a portable X-Ray machine at one of the gates and no aircraft was at the gate yet.

I was wondering what this would be for. Is it some kind of training excercise or is it some kind of new thing there trying at the airport.
 
Sinlock
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RE: Portable X-Ray Machine At SFO At T-A

Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:17 pm

Random contraband inspection on an inbound INTL typicaly done at the gate with narrowbodys and at the down belt for widebody container. I have to deal with it about once a week real pain on the butt.
It's easyer to screen as it comes off the plane than trying to isolate the pax from one flight in customs.
 
devildog2222
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RE: Portable X-Ray Machine At SFO At T-A

Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:04 pm

My dad found out that it's a new thing that is being put in place at the airport. Its where any vehical that goes through the international terminal area they will be put through the X-Ray machine.
 
devildog2222
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RE: Portable X-Ray Machine At SFO At T-A

Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:43 pm

I have a correction to make, the location of this is at a security check point near the TWA cargo building and where AIG parks the vehicals(which is near T-A). My dad said by 1430 they were gone, so I guess they stay in one area for a period of time and then move on to another location.
 
Sinlock
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RE: Portable X-Ray Machine At SFO At T-A

Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:25 pm

So your saying that with this thing the whole vehicle passes through? Wow you mostly only see those at Ports.

The one I was talking about is a van that the bags go through in one side and out the other an a belt.

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