NARITA, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) A new security scanner that can detect plastic explosives and hazardous liquids has been developed by a research team led by Tohoku University and will be installed for testing in as early as a few weeks at Narita International Airport.

The device using highly translucent millimeter waves represents a breakthrough as those explosives and materials under layers of clothing could slip through existing airport screening systems, which generally consist of metal detectors and visual contact, according to the team.

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