Airport Laser Scanner To Identify Illegal Drugs, Devices

Airport security will soon depend on a laser scanner system that can identify small traces of illegal drugs, incendiary devices, and even gun residue will be in airports across the United States by 2016.

“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to detect threats and ensure the safety and security of the traveling public,” DHS spokeswoman Nicole Stickel told

The Genia Photonics laser system, uses laser spectroscopy to spot elements of radiation and chemical compounds. Allegedly, the device may be used to scan passengers at airports, border crossings, and even crowds at sports events.

“Explosives detection technology is designed to provide early warning of evolving threats and augment current checkpoint technologies,” Stickel said. “They can detect drugs, alcohol, and your breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he added.

Stickel has not confirmed that the DHS is made by Genia; however, last year the company announced they were working with a so-called governmental security company, In-Q-Tel, in order to develop laser technology, that can be calibrated to scan for a wide array of substances with assistance from the U.S. government.

“We offer a number of tunable laser systems, which are great sources for many spectroscopic applications,” Joseph Salhany, the vice present of Genia Photonics, told “They are fast-tuning fiber-based laser sources that can be coupled or integrated with appropriate detection systems to create the desired scanning solution.”

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