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China’s Airports to Scan for Liquid Explosives

US airports tend to portray themselves as the pinnacle of security, but you may be surprised to hear the China has taken a giant leap over most other countries.  China will gradually install 147 state-of-the-art machines that can scan for liquid explosives.  I know all of you prefer not being able to bring your water through security, but these machines will (likely) eliminate the ridiculous situation we now have where you can bring 3 ounces of liquids blah blah blah.  The scanners cost about $200,000 a piece, and I have no idea why the Chinese can invest in these and the US cannot.

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  1. While flying within Japan earlier this year (before the UK liquid scare), the screeners took my bottle of water and put it in a special machine, presumably to determine its contents. Not sure why this technology hasn’t gotten more attention in the US media.