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Engineers at Sheffield University are testing a bomb-proof baggage hold that could render current heavy luggage containers obsolete.

The Fly-Bag, which is designed to hold passenger luggage on aircraft, is made of layer upon layer of fabric and composite.

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It also has an internal elastomeric coating, making it extremely stretchy. The fabric of the Fly-Bag has been coated in a shear thickening fluid, helping it provide protection from explosions.

In simple terms, this is something that normally behaves like a liquid but, when put under pressure, acts like a solid. So far, the team of engineers have built a bag that can withstand the impact of a bomb similar in size to the one that brought down Pan Am flight 103 in the Lockerbie disaster of 1988.

The Fly-Bag's creators plan to discuss the technology with airlines after tests have established exactly how much protection it can provide.




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