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Airport trial of a system for the mass screening of baggage or cargo
Author(s): Gordon Bennett; Richard Sleeman; William R. Davidson; William R. Stott
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Paper Abstract

An eight month trial of a system capable of checking every bag from a particular flight for the presence of narcotics has been carried out at a major UK airport. The British Aerospace CONDOR tandem mass-spectrometer system, fitted with a real-time sampler, was used to check in-coming baggage for a range of illegal drugs. Because of the rapid sampling and analysis capability of this instrument, it was possible to check every bag from a flight without delay to the passengers. During the trial a very large number of bags, from flights from various parts of the world, were sampled. A number of detections were made, which resulted in a number of seizures and the apprehension of a number of smugglers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2276, Cargo Inspection Technologies, (6 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.189185
Show Author Affiliations
Gordon Bennett, British Aerospace Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Richard Sleeman, British Aerospace Ltd. (United Kingdom)
William R. Davidson, SCIEX (Canada)
William R. Stott, SCIEX (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2276:
Cargo Inspection Technologies
Andre H. Lawrence, Editor(s)

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