New Liquid Scanner Tested at US Airport

18 October 2010 (Last Updated October 18th, 2010 18:30)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tested an advanced bottled liquid scanner during a demonstration at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport in the US. Developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the new device will be able to scan bottled water, champagne, shampoo and p

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tested an advanced bottled liquid scanner during a demonstration at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport in the US.

Developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the new device will be able to scan bottled water, champagne, shampoo and pink liquid laxatives to detect concealed explosives.

The device, about the size of a small refrigerator, will use magnetic resonance to read the molecular configuration of the liquids even if it is in metal container.

The machine will flash a red or green light within 15 seconds, depending on whether there is danger, according to the Associated Press.

The bottle liquid scanner will allow the Transportation Security Administration officers to quickly check the liquids that are allowed in carry-on luggage.

It will eliminate the need for passengers to carry only toiletry bottles that are not large than 3.4 ounces into a single quart-sized plastic bag.