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Image: The security screening area at Denver International Airport. David Benbennick/Wikimedia

The Department of Homeland Security will soon be using a laser at airports that can detect everything about you from over 160-feet away.

The scanner is called the Picosecond Programmable Laser. The device works by blasting its target with lasers which vibrate molecules that are then read by the machine that determine what substances a person has been exposed to. This could be Semtex explosives to the bacon and egg sandwich they had for breakfast that morning.

The inventor of this invasive technology is Genia Photonics. Active since 2009, they hold 30 patents on laser technology designed for scanning. In 2011, they formed a partnership with In-Q-Tel, a company chartered by the CIA and Congress to build “a bridge between the Agency and a new set of technology innovators.”

Source: Washington.CBS.local; Gizmodo

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