Los Angeles takes one step ahead among the United States cities to keep its people safe. The subways will soon be equipped with scanners to screen commuters for weapons and explosives.
Portable scanners will be deployed at the subways in coming months to do full-body scanning of passengers. Waves will be projected from the machines to perform scanning in the mass transit system without slowing the crowd.
According to Alex Wiggins, who runs the law enforcement division of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the scanners will be capable of detecting suspicious items from thirty feet away and can scan metallic as well as non-metallic objects.
Detailing the capacity of each machine to scan more than 2,000 passengers per hour the authorities said transport systems of entire country are under regular threats and ensuring security of commuters is one of their primary jobs so that terrorist incidents cannot take place under their watch.
The portable scanners have been sourced from Britain’s Thruvision and primary focus for the city’s safety and security agencies is to look for weapons which can cause a mass-casualty event.
During the demonstration event the officials said they are looking for bigger weapons like explosive vests and assault rifles, and not for smaller ones.
Apart from portable scanners the city is also seeking to purchase other body scanners like white television cameras on tripods which are capable of rotating and honing on specific angle or person.
It is not yet disclosed about the number of machines being purchased from Thruvision, but authorities confirmed rolling out at subway stations to start in coming months. More to this, police officers and employees will be trained on how to use the machines.
Passengers will be alerted at the subways through warning signs that they are subject to full-body scanner screening. This will make the screening process voluntary, but those who chose not to be screened cannot take their ride on the subway.
Meanwhile, it is learned no radiation will be emitted from the machines and anatomical details won’t be displayed too.
The technology was first tested in 2017 at 7th Street/Metro Center Station.