Staten Island Ferry testing explosive detection equipment
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation, has begun testing advanced explosives detection technology on the Staten Island.
TSA said the program is part of its Security Enhancement and Capabilities Augmentation Program.
During the three-week pilot program, TSA will conduct explosives screening on passengers boarding the Staten Island Ferry at the St. George Terminal in Staten Island using passive millimeter wave screening equipment where luggage or other material is swabbed and then analyzed with a handheld detector.
Inspectors say the entire process takes only 15 to 20 seconds so that passengers don’t have to worry that they will miss the ferry.