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Alaska airports face security deadline

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska airports have until Tuesday to install new bomb detection equipment for the next round of federal airport security measures.

The new equipment will scan checked luggage for bombs.

Alaska Airlines already operates a bomb detecting machine. But officials with the Transportation Security Administration declined to say what kind of equipment other airlines will use.

Ken Jarman, TSA director in Alaska, said stacks of books inside bags can set off alarms. So people should line their luggage with books instead of stacking them.

TSA officials urge passengers to call their airlines to find out how early to arrive. Travelers also are urged not to lock their bags so that screeners can search them if necessary.

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