TSA, Amtrak test explosive detection technology

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The Transportation Security Administration is partnering with Amtrak to test new technology that can detect hidden explosives.

Sen. Charles Schumer pushed for the technology after a Bangladeshi immigrant set off a pipe bomb strapped to his chest inside a subway passage near Times Square in December.

Two of the machines, known as standoff explosive detection units, were tested Tuesday afternoon in New York's Penn Station. They trigger an alarm if someone passes through the device with an improvised explosive device.

Without using any radiation, the machines detect metallic or non-metallic devices alike that are blocking natural waves emitted by a person’s body. The equipment is mobile and allows agents to possibly bring it to different stations in the future, like the Amtrak station in New Rochelle.

The devices are also being tested by several rail and transit agencies around the country, including New Jersey Transit. They will be in Penn Station through the end of the week.

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