CX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 304 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3814 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?
UpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3803 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.
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.
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.
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 9271 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3570 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.