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HNL adds an extra security step to check for explosives

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The next time you head out to the Honolulu International Airport you may have to go through an extra step of security. The Transportation Safety Administration has unveiled the Explosive Trace Detection test. TSA officials will randomly stop travelers and swab their hands just as they enter the security line.

The swab is then analyzed by the ETD machine -- it's looking for any type of explosive residue. The Explosives test is the first step that passengers will now go through as they approach the security checkpoint. TSA official Glen Kajiyama says, "if a person tests positive, then they will be stopped on the other end of security. They will be asked a lot of questions and depending on how the second testing goes law enforcement may be brought in."

The ETD test will take place at the security line, then when the portable machines arrive the TSA will conduct tests at random gates throughout the airport. The technology for this test has been in the works since 2008, but the process was accelerated after the failed terrorist attack aboard an airplane on Christmas day.

Several passengers that were stopped and tested for explosives on Wednesday in Honolulu. This added step of security was getting a mixed reaction, Brent Steadman of Rhode Island says it's not a hassle at all,, " If you have nothing to hide then it shouldn't be a problem for people. Anything that can get me to my daughter safely is great."

On the other hand Robert Wright says it's a waste of time ," The terrorist have won. That's why I don't like to travel. Now we are subjected to all these screenings and it's not fair. It wasn't like this 8 years ago."

In Hawaii, the Explosive Trace Detection test is only in place at the Honolulu International Airport. There are now 7,000 explosive machines being used at airports across the country.

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