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Russia touts airport security device

2012-09-14 22:46

Montreal - Russia has introduced a portable device at an aviation security conference that it says can be used to detect potentially explosive liquids at airports.

The LQtest can identify explosive and flammable liquids and it is being used in Russian airports, Vladimir Chertok, deputy chief of Russia's Federal Agency for Supervision of Transport, told International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) delegates this week.

The portable unit, the size of a hair dryer, uses electrical tomography to determine the characteristics of liquid, and identify dangerous substances.

"These devices are being used in Moscow Domodedovo airport," Alexei Novgorodov, Russia's representative at ICAO headquarters, told AFP, though restrictions on the carrying of liquids in hand baggage remain in force.

The device's software allows testing of more than 800 liquids, according to the website of AVK Lab, the LQtest's Russian manufacturer.

Ahead of the conference, which ends Friday, the ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin told AFP that considerable efforts were being made to equip airports with detection equipment but "major countries" must agree on its use.