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Liquid Testers At Security In Japan  
User currently offlineCX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 291 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

Forgive me if this has been posted and/or discussed in the last few days, but I couldn't find anything.

With all the hoo-ha in England and america at the moment, I was reminded that every time I flew out of airports in Japan in the last few years (int'l and domestic) that security staff asked pax to hand over plastic bottles to test their contents on some sort of machine. They just put the bottle on the machine, press a button and within seconds hand the bottle back once the contents have been safely identified.

Questions: What do these machines do? Are they used anywhere outside of Japan? How effective are they in testing for inflamable or explosive liquids?

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User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

I always carry some water in my hand luggage and everytime it was checked with the machine in Japan. The agent always asked first if it's ok to scan the bottle. I hope someone can answer the questions CX777Fan posted.  Smile


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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1207 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

This happened to me last year as well. Thought it was strange at the time but obviously the Japanese have their act together.


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User currently offlineStandby87 From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

Yes - this has happened to me for a few years as well in Japan.

I'm curious to know what the machine tests for.

It let my "Pocari Sweat" drink go through, no problems!
(Yes, honestly, there is a Japanese drink called SWEAT)


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

Sounds good - why are these machines not implemented over here then?
Regards
The PR Guy


User currently offlineDon From Japan, joined Jun 2003, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

Quoting Standby87 (Reply 3):
(Yes, honestly, there is a Japanese drink called SWEAT)

In addition to an another sports drink called calPIS WATER.

Fortunately neither taste nor smell like their namesakes,


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

Quoting Don (Reply 5):
Fortunately neither taste nor smell like their namesakes,

Haha well thats very lucky.....
I'm trying to remember the funny name of a French drink that was banned here...

Oh yes - it was 'Phhh-sshhiiiittt' or something  Smile


User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

Quoting Don (Reply 5):
calPIS WATER.

Had some exchange students call it Cowpiss water. Made quite a scene in Odaiba laughing for 20 minutes straight after a long day of tourism.

Anyway.

I have never had this happen to me. Mostly because I don't carry bottled drinks on planes ever since I had a Mt. Dew blow up due to pressure change.

So I am a little confused; machine checks only Water and/or other (strange named drinks...bubble man)?

I would think that Japan would have implemented this after the serin gassing in Tokyo. Clear liquid in zip bags that when exposed to O2 creates a paralyzing gas. Image what that would be like on a plane.



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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 4):
Sounds good - why are these machines not implemented over here then?

At least in the US, it takes a catastrophe to implement change or improvements. And even today, 4 years after 9/11, we're still not scanning the cargo that goes on the plane.

I remember flying through Singapore as far back as 15 years ago, and they used to test every checked bag for explosives residue. We still don't do that here in the US and I suspect at many other major airports in Europe it's the same. It's so much easier to inconvenience thousands of people with useless security measures and destroy the airline industry than it is to actually provide efficient security. The arguments is always centered around cost. Well, I guess it's true, you do get what you pay for.


User currently offlineDon From Japan, joined Jun 2003, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

Sorry to go little off the subject again, but for anyone interested in (weird) Japanse drink names try this site.

http://www.engrish.com/category_index.php?category=Drinks

You can also try categories other than drink names from the drop down menu.


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