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The early stages of a test of new equipment at one of Orlando International Airport's checkpoints has run smoothly so far, officials said.

A machine that can detect weapons and explosives on a passenger's shoes and body made its debut in Orlando last week at the airport's Clear lane, a security checkpoint reserved for customers of a registered-traveler program that provides shorter lines in exchange for a yearly fee.

"People sort of feel left out if they don't get to test it," said Steve Brill, chief executive officer of Verified Identity Pass Inc., which operates Clear. "The reception is real good."

Only some passengers are being asked to stand on the machine, which attempts to trace a person's shoes and skin for explosives while also verifying his identity. If the machine is approved by the federal government it would allow fliers to keep their shoes and suit jackets on while going through security.

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