A new device demonstrated at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport on Tuesday (20 June) is able to detect nay metallic contents in passenger luggage.
GV Crowds in airport building
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CV X-ray equipment PAN baggage on conveyor
SV Monitor screen registering contents
CV Gun placed in brief case
CV Monitor screen
SV Case placed in front of detector
CV Monitor reveals gun & screwdriver inside case
SV Official, PAN monitor screen
SV Other cases passing detector
SV Official searching hand baggage
LV Man walks through detector frame & searched
SV Customs official talking on radio-telephone
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Background: A new device demonstrated at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport on Tuesday (20 June) is able to detect nay metallic contents in passenger luggage. As an item of baggage passes the device on a conveyor it is scanned electronically, and a still picture of the contents displayed on a television monitor screen until the next piece of baggage passes. The detector has been specially developed to cope with the increasing number of bomb and hijacking attempts on passenger aircraft. A modification of the detector, meanwhile, is shaped like a narrow archway or frame, through which a passenger walks. Any firearms or metal hidden on his person is then quickly revealed on a screen. The invention was referred to by Italian officials after the shooting of civilians at Lydda Airport, Israel, earlier this month. Then, they said they hoped to unveil a device which might have prevented such an incident.
The United Nations' Security Council, meanwhile, in a statement issued on Tuesday (21 June), condemned actions "directed against the safety of civil aviation" and called on states to "take measures to prevent them, and to deal with those who commit such acts".