Port Authority Security

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Port Authority Bus Terminal Tests New Security Scanning Methods

August 14, 2018 - 5:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- After a would-be suicide bomber detonated in the underground corridor leading to the Port Authority Bus Terminal back in December, the agency is now testing new security measures.

WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg got a look, and found that the idea is simple.

“Conducting at-speed, life-speed scanning for explosive devices and for firearms,” said Port Authority Chief Security Officer John Bilich.

The way it would be implemented is perhaps simpler still. Scanners may be mounted somewhere high above with the ability to swivel, and of course, scan.

Bilich said the millimeter-wave and terahertz technologies might be a good response to a sprawling bus terminal that serves hundreds of thousands of people a day.

“For police operations, civilian security operations, physical security, and security technology, we look to weave together as a tough a defense as we possibly can,” he said.

The trial runs through both rush hours on Wednesday in the south wing of the main concourse.