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Transportation Security Administration May Lift Liquid Rules

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  Original Published: 11/17/2013 Experts call it one of the most serious threats to air travel, liquid explosives. But can technology combat that threat while making travel more convenient? Some airports are testing the waters. Rene Marsh reports. The power of a liquid bomb on display. It was the devious weapon of choice in the chilling 2006 plan to blow up as many as 10 U.S bound flights from the United Kingdom. "The 2006 plot, foiled," says CNN's Rene Marsh. "But since then, for the past 7 years flyers have been restricted to this. No more than 3.4 ounces of liquids allowed in carry-on bags both in the US and Europe." Now, new technology could allow airports around the country to ease the rules. London is taking the first step toward the goal of lifting restrictions on liquids by 2016, by installing new liquid scanning technology at Heathrow Airport. The Ohio-based company which developed the machines says it scans containers in less than 10 seconds, uses radio frequency and ultrasonic technology and alerts security personnel of suspicious substances. The company didn't specify the margin of error, only saying it was "very low and varied on factors such as the type of container." All European airports have been mandated to have technology capable of scanning for liquid explosives by 2014. But what about the U.S.? The TSA tells CNN, developing liquid scanners that would allow them to lift restrictions "remains a long-term goal." But Chad Wolf, a former TSA Assistant Administrator, says that change won't come anytime soon. "The E-U is testing liquid explosive scanners, very similar to what the TSA is doing, uh, but it all comes back to the technology," he says. "Is the tecnology ready for prime time? And I think as of today it's not."
   
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