Airport X-ray machine

Airport X-ray machine

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Credit: ALEXANDER TSIARAS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Coloured image produced by an airport X-ray scanner. Colour coding reveals a book (grey object, top left), a block of paraffin (light grey, bottom right) and a block of Semtex plastic explosive (yellow, bottom left). Other items such as a pistol, a hand grenade and a telephoto lens are clearly visible. These scanners, typified by the Heimann Hi-Scan seen here, allow security officials to detect plastic explosives easily. Explosives such as Semtex are used in a variety of terrorist bombs, including the one which killed 270 people in a Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988.

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Keywords: airport, airport security, airport x-ray, grenade, gun, hi-scan, pistol, scanner, semtex plastic explosive, technology, terrorist bomb, x-ray machine, x-ray scanner, xray

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