The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will test a new passenger screening system that will detect weapons and explosives providing tighter security on the public transit system.
Metro will partner with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and ThruVis TAC to test the new screening system at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on March 6 and 7.
According to Dave Sotero, Metro Communications Manager, they have already tested three security systems and plan to install a permanent passive scanning system later this year.
“The most important feature is that it will not prevent people from accessing the trains,” Sotero said. “It is seamless technology that scans for suspicious items in real time and has the ability to scan large volumes of people during rush hour.”
The portable passenger screening system can scan people in real time without displaying anatomical details on monitors. Sotero added that law enforcement officers will work in conjunction with the scanning technology to address potential threats.