Most travelers will agree: the restrictions on liquids allowed on airplanes, while meant for our protection, can be a nuisance to abide by. As of almost ten years ago, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) set rules on liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes that limited the amount allowed through airport checkpoints to 3.4 ounces, or less, per container. This rule has caused more hassle for travelers and extra time spent in long lines while going through security.
Colbalt Light Systems has created a machine that can identify any liquid in a non-metal container within five seconds. This new technology, named the Insight100 Liquid Explosive Detection System (LEDS), can identify solids, gels, powders, and liquids based on their chemical composition.This machine can easily screen partially filled or full containers measuring from ten milliliters up to three liters.
Colbalt Light Systems’ Vice President of Security Products, Ken Mann, explains how the Insight100 works, “We shine a laser at the bottle and analyze the light that comes back, compare that with a spectrum and a library of threat materials. If it’s a threat, we alarm. It’s very specific, so we have a very high level of detection and almost no false alarms.”
This is not the first liquid scanner of its kind, but with the low false detection rate of less than 0.5%, the Insight100 is proving to be more reliable than its predecessors.
So far this security scanner is being tested out in 65 airports in Europe and Australia. If all goes well and this machine is implemented globally, there are expectations for the liquid restrictions to be removed by 2016.