04
Mar
2011

Some optimism for you on a Friday afternoon: Researchers at the University of California at Davis seem to have come up with a liquid scanner that can tell explosives from hand creams or beverages. Good news, but it’s not ready for implementation yet, as the video below details.

I particularly enjoy the two beverages that they are testing: A bottle of Chateau Petrus and a bottle of Red Bull. Please don’t mix the two. (Petrus? Really??)

One of the biggest problems with the devices right now: The time it takes to scan things is impractical for airport use. And bringing that scan time from 5 minutes to 5 seconds within one year, as the reporter suggests is possible? Don’t hold your breath. 100ml requirements aren’t going anyway anytime soon.

Watch below.

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10 Responses to “Liquid scanner update: Maybe next year?”

  1. From wine to water: UC Davis technology may help TSA | Dr Vino's wine blog Says:

    [...] and bottles of water in travelers carry-ons. In the above video, found via the good folks at Upgrade: Travel Better, they demonstrate their scanning device with a bottle of ’79 Petrus and a can of Red Bull [...]

  2. Antonio Says:

    The airports and airlines have been lobbying hard to keep liquid restrictions though, since that forces passengers to buy more liquids after passing through the gate. I wonder if this technology can break through the pressure to keep the existing rules.

  3. Aspen travel Says:

    I think that this could hurt the sales at the airport if this device actually works like they say it will. Sometimes I wonder about the truth behind such a thing. Are they worried about safety or are they just trying to make us spend more money by having to buy our own drinks at the airport because we had to throw away the drink we brought with us. If someone wants to try to smuggle a bomb on to the plane they will just figure out another way. Anyhow I do think that this would make people happy and at the same time ensure the safety of the passengers.

  4. From wine to bottled water: UC Davis scanners may help TSA | Web Sommelier Says:

    [...] and bottles of water in travelers carry-ons. In the above video, found via the good folks at Upgrade: Travel Better, they demonstrate their scanning device with a bottle of ’79 Petrus and a can of Red Bull [...]

  5. Travel Thailand Says:

    I wonder about the truth behind such a thing. Are they worried about safety or are they just trying to make us spend more money by having to buy our own drinks at the airport.

  6. Adrian Vultur Says:

    The scanner is a great idea if they can reduce the time it takes to scan articles, but to be honest, by the time they have worked that out, the terrorists will have thought of something new which will again, evade security.

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  7. dean Says:

    This sounds a great idea if it actually works, would there be delays in checking in for the flight? I mean how quick would this be? They obviously trying to get us to spend more money at airports.

  8. Surminga Says:

    Need to get this in as I’ve wasted so much money in taking drinks to airports or purchasing before entering and forgetting completely

  9. Josephine Says:

    If it’s for the passengers’ safety, then why not implement it..?

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