The lifting of liquids restrictions for airline passengers has come a step closer following European approval of a rapid bottle scanner for use at airport security checkpoints.

The EMILI 2 system, which has been jointly developed by Link Microtek in the UK and Emisens in Germany, can identify the contents of an unopened bottle in less than a second and is believed to be the fastest equipment of its type currently available.

With the EU having set a deadline of April 2013 for removal of the ban on liquids in containers larger than 100ml, airport operators are now urgently trying to source suitable screening equipment.

Following independent laboratory testing, the EMILI 2 system has achieved European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Performance Standard 2, which confirms that it combines a high threat-detection rate with a low false-alarm rate.

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