A now weapon in the fight against aircraft hijackers and saboteurs has been demonstrated in the United States.
MV Operator demonstrates X-ray device.
CU TV monitor screen showing contents of case
CU X-ray control panel
CU TV monitor shows contents of case
CU Control panel
MV Demonstrator being interviewed.
SOUND STATTS: "Mr Skelsey, what are some...."
SOUND ENDS: ..."In the package."
Operator demonstrating device; monitor screen showing contents of case; control panel; demonstrator speaking to reporter.
DEMONSTRATOR: "In order to inspect the package, we place the package in front of the fluoroscopic screen, we expose it to a very brief x-ray pulse, we take a picture of the contents of the package in x-ray. The contents of this package reveal some tools. This is an altimeter, tied in to two batteries which would activate two sticks of dynamite. This is known as an altimeter bomb. If we wanted to get a closer look, for example to the fusing mechanism of the bomb, to help somebody, disarm it, we could zoom in on it, slew around and see exactly how the bomb is armed."
REPORTER: "Mr. Skelsey, what are some of the other advantages that this machinery has over the machinery presently in operation in the airports?"
DEMONSTRATOR: "Well most of the machines presently in operation are magnetometers, which detect masses of metal in packages. The false alarm rate could be very high on these inspection devices. This gives the operator an exact picture of what is in the package."
Initials BB/2200 GL/DE/BB/2335
This film by the U.S. National Broadcasting Company shows the device being demonstrated. The sound track consists of the demonstrator's voice followed by an interview. An alternative commentary appears overage.
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Background: A now weapon in the fight against aircraft hijackers and saboteurs has been demonstrated in the United States. It is a device which X-rays bags and packages and displays their contents on a screen.
This film by the U.s. National Broadcasting Company shows the device being demonstrated. The sound track consists of the demonstrator's voice followed by an interview. An alternative commentary appears overpage.