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U.S. FAA PURCHASES THERMEDICS' EXPLOSIVES DETECTORS

 WOBURN, Mass., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has purchased two EGIS(R) explosives- detection devices from Thermedics Inc. (AMEX: TMD). Although the FAA has sponsored, in part, the development of Thermedics' detection technology, this is the first time that the FAA has bought EGIS systems for operational demonstration.
 The first EGIS system was purchased by the FAA's Technical Center for operational testing by the FAA at a major international airport to screen checked luggage for the presence of explosives. The EGIS system will be used in conjunction with an advanced X-ray system to evaluate the performance of these two technologies in combination. Data will be used by the FAA to evaluate the efficacy of these explosives-detection devices for screening checked luggage as recommended by the PresidentUs Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism following the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
 The second EGIS system was purchased by the FAA's Office of Civil Aviation Security in their Cooperative Demonstration Program to facilitate the use of commercially available technology to meet screening requirements for carry-on electrical items at U.S. and international security checkpoints. According to Louis S. Slaughter, president of Thermedics' wholly owned subsidiary, Thermedics Detection Inc., "This application of EGIS will be very similar to the High-tech Checkpoint at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, which has proven to be very successful. We welcome the FAA's support in applying new technology for screening carry-on and checked luggage."
 The EGIS system utilizes vapor/particle-detection technology and high-speed chemical analyses to identify trace amounts of dangerous explosives, including the plastics which have proven difficult to detect using conventional security measures. EGIS technology has been effectively used in post-blast and forensic cases, including the Pan Am 103 bombing. 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 14 countries and operational at 26 airport sites overseas.
 Thermedics develops, manufactures, and markets explosives- and drug- detection devices, product quality-assurance systems, electronic test instruments, implantable heart-assist devices and other biomedical products, and provides analytical laboratory services. Thermedics is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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 /CONTACT: John Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111/
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