Reveal Imaging, a Science Applications International (SAIC) subsidiary has completed testing on its new reveal dual-energy CT-800 scanner to screen and detect liquids contained inside passenger baggage at airports.

The scanner has completed laboratory testing and met all of the requirements set by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).

The reveal dual-energy CT-800 scanner is capable of screening 500 to 600 bags per hour at airport checkpoints.

SAIC’s security and transportation technology business unit general manager Alex Preston said: "Allowing liquids back into bags will substantially improve operational and economic efficiency for airports throughout Europe and provide greater convenience for the traveling public."

"We are pleased the European Commission established the necessary standards that will get us there," Preston said.

Reveal Imaging said its scanner met stringent Standard 2 requirements which require manufacturers to detect the broadest range of liquid explosives while its false alarm rates were approximately a factor of three below the required threshold.

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The testing of the CT-800 scanner was divided into four phases that included types A-D ranging from sampling liquids in the first phase to scanning bags with liquids inside them in the last phase.

"Passing the type D test so convincingly with the proven high-throughput, low false alarm rate CT-800 platform, we believe will change the landscape of airport screening for years to come," Preston said.

Following the August 2006 unsuccessful bombing attempt in London air passengers were required to limit the size of liquid containers and remove them from carry-on bags.

After the incident, international regulators are trying to develop rules, technology, procedures and a timetable to allow passengers to carry the full spectrum of harmless liquids on aircraft again.

The EU commission has developed some regulations and standards for equipment that are employed to screen liquid, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in order to allow liquids back on planes by April 2013.