The Transportation Security Administration has added the IONSCAN 600 explosives trace detector to “Qualified ETD Technology” on the Air Cargo Screening Technology List.

Addition to the list means that Smiths Detection’s IONSCAN 600 can now be purchased by regulated air cargo facilities for screening operations.

Since 2021, the TSA has mandated 100% screening of cargo being transported by aircraft originating in the United States and destined for non-US locations. Additionally, the International Civil Aviation Organization air transportation standards mandated that all international cargo-only flights receive the same level of security screening and scrutiny that cargo shipments on passenger flights undergo now.

Key benefits of the IONSCAN 600 include faster screening, with detection analysis delivered in less than eight seconds, a highly sensitive trace system that detects explosives at nanogram levels, and a light and portable format, which make it the lightest explosives trace detector (ETD) in its class. According to Smiths Detection, the IONSCAN 600 offers low maintenance and cost of ownership due to economical consumables and no requirement to replace dopants and recalibrate. It can be plugged in or used with hot-swappable batteries for continuous use, with a two-hour battery life, and features specially designed trace swabs for efficient particle pick-up.

Inder Reddy, president of Smiths Detection, said, “We’re thrilled that the IONSCAN 600 is now qualified on TSA’s Air Cargo Screening Technology List. This will allow operators to gain from efficiencies and heightened security offered by our proven technology in air cargo security.”

In addition to its ability to detect explosives, the IONSCAN 600 can detect a vast array of narcotics including various fentanyl compounds and spices.

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