Luggage and passenger screening is a complicated applied science. An idea has to be verified before it can be built into prototype equipment for testing and eventual production. For instance, in an airport, determining whether the basic technology can reliably detect what it is supposed to, such as a dangerous chemical. That is the function of the Independent Test and Evaluation Division of the Transportation Security Laboratory or TSL. The lab is operated by the Science and Technology Directorate of the Homeland Security Department. In the second of this week’s series of four interviews on location at TSL in Atlantic City, Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with the Test and Evaluation Director Lee Spanier.
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