Lujan Proposes Lab Support For Airport Security

New Mexico – A Democratic New Mexico congressman wants Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to consider expanding scanning technology at airports throughout the United States after a botched Christmas Day terrorist attack.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan told Napolitano the nation must institute systems that would prevent the security breaches uncovered in the Christmas plot but still screen the traveling public rapidly.

He urged expansion of a machine called the MagViz, which was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

It's a scanner that can identify concealed liquids based on their unique chemical makeup.

Lujan also advocated expanded use of MagViz during a hearing last February.

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