L-3 seeks to entice TSA with new security technologies

09/8/2008 | Tampa Tribune (Fla.), The

L-3 Communications, the sixth-largest defense contractor in the U.S., gets most of its attention -- but just a tiny percentage of its sales -- from the "full-body" airport security scanners. With the TSA expected to have the "millimeter wave" scanners in two dozen U.S. airports by year's end, L-3 is hoping to interest the federal agency in new screening technologies, including a "dual view" X-ray for carry-on bags and a shoe scanner that checks for threats without travelers having to remove their shoes. The company says less than 3% of its $14 billion in sales last year came from security and detection systems.

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