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aircraft bombingTwo chief concerns in aviation security are the threat of bringing down a plane with an onboard bomb or using it, as was the case on 9/11, as a weapon.


The number of bombing incidents and fatalities has dropped over the last decades, due to a considerable increase in screening efforts. And in some cases, sheer luck combined with ineptitude. But the recent case of the downing of Metrojet Flight 9268 on the Sinai Peninsula is a reminder that the threat is real.


New technology has been in development that may go far in mitigating this threat. A European research team originally based at Newcastle University has been working on the design of a bomb proof liners made from special lightweight textiles. It would seem that the Italian-led consortium is making progress. The first phase called “Fly Bag” beget a second phase: Fly Bag2. Fly Bag 2 expands on initial development which demonstrated a blast-resistant textile-based luggage container for narrow-body passenger planes. The current stage aims to use what they’ve learned to develop new devices for both cabin and cargo, and includes testing at full scale in an actual fuselage.


It sounds extraordinary that woven material can be fashioned into a blast mitgation device. Take a look: