• Short Summary

    The problem of 'skyjacking' has led to the development of better portable detectors of weapons and explosives hidden in passengers' clothing or in their luggage."
    This film from NBC News shows testing by Eastern airlines in New York of an improved metal-detector which is able to isolate guns or knives better than earlier devices have been able to do.

  • Description

    The problem of 'skyjacking' has led to the development of better portable detectors of weapons and explosives hidden in passengers' clothing or in their luggage."
    This film from NBC News shows testing by Eastern airlines in New York of an improved metal-detector which is able to isolate guns or knives better than earlier devices have been able to do.

    It also shows a 'vapour-sniffer' device which can detect dynamite and other explosives, when there is no metal connected with them. United States Government scientists testing the 'bomb-finder', an Israeli invention, say that the device does work.

    SYNOPSIS: Stewardess Bonnie Hobacher could be any passenger. in this case, a potential skyjacker with a secret. But thanks to the latest portable metal-detector, no??? undergoing trials, her secret is out. A flashing light on a spectroscope not only reveals her hidden weapon, but shows its location on her body.

    Unlike earlier magnetometers, this one is computerised, dividing the body into sections an reacting only to gun or knife-sized pieces of metal in a given area. Eastern airlines plan to install such detectors at all of their departure gates in the United States soon. That will cost about a million dollars in all but Eastern feels that it is worth it, not only to catch weapon-carrying hijackers before they board 'planes but also to cut down on false-alarms. About sixty per cent of the passengers have been triggering the old metal detectors. This one should let all but about one in ten through. Someone carrying an electric razor, for example. But the metal detector is usually of no help in detecting bombs. Dynamite has no metal in it.

    A new device called a vapour-trace analyser apparently can detect bombs. Dynamite and most explosives have chemicals that give off vapours. Human can't smell the, but the vapour-trace analyser can, even through a locked attache-case. when this device smells an explosive, it sounds an alarm.

    The bomb detector was invented in Israel and is manufactured at Laurel, Maryland. It sells for just under 20 000 dollars. Government scientists have been testing and evaluating the vapour-trace analyser for the past month and a half, ad they say the device does work.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADHTSSXURBJFP0QYVWU24359CO
    Media URN:
    VLVADHTSSXURBJFP0QYVWU24359CO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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