Airport scanners to reveal what's in your bottle

A team at Durham University in Britain has come up with the scanner that can tell the difference between water and liquid explosives; the device can even check the barcode to make sure that the contents haven’t been tampered with.

Manufacturers have been given official European Union approval to use the new generation of X-ray machines at all European airports, the Daily Mail reported.
The machine would in place by April next year. The ban on liquids in hand luggage was imposed in August 2006 after police uncovered a plot to smuggle explosives on to planes using drinks containers.

The new scanner has been created by Kromek — a spin off company from Durham University. Arnab Basu, the company’s chief executive, said: “The best analogy is that compared to conventional X-ray scanners, this is the difference between seeing an object in black and white and seeing it in colour.”

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