The US Transportation Safety Administration has donated four explosive trace detection machines to the Airports Authority of T&T.
The devices will streamline security screening for passengers by improving and speeding up the detection of suspected explosives on carry-on baggage.
They are about the size of a standard printer and valued at US$50,000 each.
Presenting the machines was US Candace Ambassador Bond who said, “This security enhancement will minimize threats to transportation security and upgrade the overall screening experience for passengers. I am delighted we can roll this out just at the start of the increased commercial travel period during Carnival, and that the benefits to travelers to and from Trinidad and Tobago will last for years to come.”
They were received by Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan.
The US Embassy says since 2021, the TSA has donated aviation security equipment to increase the technical screening capacity of security partners within T&T.
In 2021 it delivered two Advanced Image Technology scanners (“body scanners”) valued at US$200,000 each.