New Delhi: A device has been created that can scan an entire plane for contraband, bombs and weapons in one go.
Romanian company MB Telecom has come out with this revolutionary idea -Roboscan 2M Aeria which uses a cone of radiation to sweep across planes (shown) and look inside them for illegal imports. The device is accurate enough to find even a filament in a light bulb.
It costs €3 million (£2.1 million, $3.2 million) and is already being used to check trucks at borders in Eastern Europe, where it has helped seize 76,000 packs of illegal cigarettes.
The company states that, while passengers and their luggage are thoroughly inspected at airports, there is no such inspection process for jets arriving at small private airports with low security; they say that this device is expected to fill the gap.
On its website, MBT says that Aeria is ‘the very first solution for aircraft security inspection.' It can scan planes from small private jets to medium-sized commercial ones.
The mobile X-ray scanner heralded as the world's first ‘airplane scanner', sweeps down a plane and can detect various objects inside however; the radiation it emits is not safe for passengers yet. The device can be used to detect weapons (shown) and other contraband in small or medium-sized jets that land at low-security airports.
An operator working inside the truck associated with the scanner can look inside the entirety of a plane. Currently under regulations some areas of the plane - such as the fuselage and wings - are restricted.