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THERMEDICS EXPLOSIVES DETECTOR FIRST TO BE USED IN HIGH TECH CHECKPOINT

THERMEDICS EXPLOSIVES DETECTOR FIRST TO BE USED IN HIGH TECH CHECKPOINT
 WOBURN, Mass., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The EGIS(R) explosives detector, manufactured and marketed by Thermedics Inc. (AMEX: TMD), is part of a High Tech Checkpoint that is being unveiled today in cooperation with Northwest Airlines at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Michigan. This checkpoint is the first in the U.S. to incorporate an instrument specifically designed to detect the dangerous explosives used by terrorists.
 The High Tech Checkpoints represent a voluntary industry initiative led by ITS Inc. of Cleveland, the country's largest provider of aviation security personnel. These checkpoints will demonstrate new security technology and equipment as well as test new techniques in screener training and testing. The pilot program is intended to reduce lines, relieve passenger frustrations, and increase security levels without increasing the airlines' security expenses. Other checkpoints are being established in Houston and Los Angeles.
 "Northwest has been impressed with the performance of the EGIS detector overseas," said Douglas R. Laird, director of security for Northwest Airlines. "We are looking forward to studying how EGIS and the High Tech Checkpoint can enhance our security operations."
 "The High Tech Checkpoint in Detroit will demonstrate how effectively our EGIS system can be incorporated with existing security measures such as X-ray systems and metal detectors," said Louis S. Slaughter, president of Thermedics Detection Inc., a subsidiary of Thermedics. "We view this demonstration as a very significant milestone in our efforts to introduce EGIS here in the United States, and we welcome the support of the FAA during this effort to apply new technologies to explosives detection."
 The EGIS system utilizes vapor/particle-detection technology and high-speed chemical analyses to identify trace amounts of dangerous explosives, including the plastics that have proven impossible to detect using conventional security measures. EGIS technology has been effectively used in post-blast and forensic cases, including the Pan Am 103 bombing, utilizing Thermedics' laboratory version of the EGIS. The EGIS explosives detector has also been widely accepted in the field of international aviation security for both carry-on and checked baggage applications. Currently, EGIS systems are located in 12 countries and operational at 20 airport sites overseas.
 Thermedics develops, manufactures, and markets biomaterials, biomedical products, analytical instruments, and explosives- and drug- detection devices, and provides analytical laboratory services. Thermedics is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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 /CONTACT: John N. Hatsopolous of Thermedics, 617-622-1111/
 (TMD TMO) CO: Thermedics Inc.; Thermo Electron Corporation ST: Massachusetts, Michigan IN: AIR SU:


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