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    New York to Test New Bomb Detection Technology at Penn Station

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    NEW YORK (Sputnik) - The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will test new bomb detection technology at New York City's Penn Station on Tuesday, US Senator Chuck Schumer announced in a press release.

    "At long last and at not a moment too soon, the TSA has agreed to bring this new, potentially life-saving technology to New York City and Penn Station for testing, and so we thank the TSA for heeding the call," Schumer said on Monday.

    "The ability to detect concealed explosives worn by cowards looking to do us harm — demands the federal government continue to put both the testing and the perfecting of this technology on the fast-track."

    The measure comes after a Bangladesh native Akayed Ullah brought a home-made explosive device to a subway tunnel in New York last year. The failed bombing attempt left the perpetrator seriously injured.

    Schumer said that the TSA already has technology to detect suicide vests, but it has not been officially tested in New York City.


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