'Quick test' for airport liquids'

  peter99co 17:58 20 Oct 09
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If commercialised, the new method could potentially end restrictions on liquids carried onto commercial airlines.

The light-based approach uses cheap components and can reliably identify a range of liquids in just one-fifth of a second


Watch this space!

  spuds 19:17 20 Oct 09

I remember the "Quick test" for airport liquids. Remove the stopper from the container and have a swig of the contents in front of the 'official'. If you didn't drop down dead or vomit, and perhaps had rosy cheeks with a grin on your face. You then passed the test.

  Chas49 22:59 20 Oct 09

A month ago I had to dump a bottle of water at Toronto Airport even after drinking from it in front of the 'guard'. Once inside and with a couple of hours to wait I saw bottles of water on sale, upon asking what they cost I was told 3 dollars (£1.8)) - 'Forget it' I said. On going to the toilets I saw a couple of chaps (presumably pilots judging from their clothing) bent over a drinking fountain outside the toilets. If it was good enough for them then it was for me too, I drank free of charge, no ill effect expected and none as a result.

It's not the dumping of my bottle water that concerns me (better safe than sorry) but the exploitation of the passengers by the people running the food outlets within the airport.
Perhaps their running costs are higher than outside but they have many hundreds of potential buyers and no competition.

  crosstrainer 08:15 21 Oct 09

....And were than banned from boarding the aircraft due to excessive alcohol intake :))

  crosstrainer 08:28 21 Oct 09

There is no consistency at all. I was visited by a very dear friend in September, and Purchased on his behalf very expensive electric guitar which he would be taking back to New Zealand.

I also purchased an aluminium flight case, assuming that the guitar would be chucked in the aircraft's hold.

I also attempted to contact NZ customs regarding any duty that might be payable on arrival.

NZ customs didn't even care.

We cut off all the tags and removed the protective plastic, and I played the guitar for a couple of hours to put some nice finger marks on it.

Put it into the flight case and off went my mate.

It was a very empty flight, and without even opening the case, they allowed him to take it On board the aircraft where it travelled to NZ in it's own seat!

No check on arrival either, and I have the original case here which I can't send due to the postal strikes.

Point is....That case could have contained anything.....They never bothered to look.

  Chas49 19:28 21 Oct 09

crosstrainer:

Aluminium would, I hope, be transparent to the equipment that checks hand luggage, so perhaps, if this is so, then they could 'see' what was in the case.

On my trip the checking, both at Toronto and London was thorough - especially London where a body search was done too. The people around me made no objections whatsoever and took it all in their stride.

It's a great pity that this procedure is necessary but as long as there are people quite willing to commit suicide for a cause then, I'm afraid, the strict regulations are very necessary.

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