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Bomb-proof lining contains jet blasts

Bomb-proof lining contains jet blasts
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A bomb-proof lining developed by scientists has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747...

A bomb-proof lining developed by scientists has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321.
The Fly-Bag, which lines an aircraft’s luggage hold with multiple layers of novel fabrics and composites, was tested under increasing explosive charges on disused planes at Cotswolds Airport, near Cirencester in UK, this week.
Using this technology, the tests have demonstrated that a plane’s luggage hold may be able to contain the force of an explosion should a device concealed within a passenger’s luggage be detonated during a flight.
This would mitigate damage to the plane and help keep passengers safe, they said. After the tests, explosives were placed in the aircraft without the lining to show the damage that could be caused.
Disasters such as Lockerbie bombing in 1988 drove the need for this kind of invention, as well as an incident in which a printer cartridge bomb was found on-board a cargo plane at East Midlands Airport in 2010, researchers said.
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