The Science Of Airport Security

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Every frequent air traveler dreads the tediousness of going through airport security. No one wants to chug their water bottle, take off their shoes, or awkwardly get patted down by a well-meaning TSA agent in front of a bunch of strangers. But alas, it's a necessary inconvenience. It also involves some nifty science. In the following videos, hear how airport security scans both your carry-on items and your body, then learn some cool facts about airplane safety.

Airport Security Is Full Of Xrays And Microwaves

Uncover the scientific processes behind airport security.

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