The TSA Is Going To Start Testing Long-Distance Body Scanners

The Transportation Security Administration is always looking for new ways to streamline the security process at airports. Towards this end, the agency has reportedly approved a new plan to test a device that can detect dangerous items on passengers from up to 25 feet away.

The L.A. Times reports that this technology is called “passive terahertz” screening and has actually been tested as some train stations around the U.S. The device can scan multiple passengers at once and uses the “naturally occurring emissions” from the human body to detect concealed weapons, such as guns and explosives.

If the TSA approves the use of this new technology, it could be implemented in airports across the country. The scanner weighs around 50 pounds and is still pretty clunky, but is also reportedly very effective in weeding out potentially dangerous items in situations where people cannot be scanned individually, such as at events or transit stations with large crowds.

There is no word yet on exactly when or where this new tech will be tested in airports.