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Aviation: Liquid Explosives

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the required amount of weight and volume of liquids required to create a device that could cause destruction to an aircraft; and [HL3182]

What assessment they have made of the required amount of different liquids needed to create a device that could cause destruction to an aircraft by being strapped around the body and passing through the walk-through security apparatus undetected. [HL3183]

Data generated by tests on improvised liquid explosives in the UK and partner countries together with historical data of the effects of explosives on aircraft were reviewed by an international group of experts who provided an assessment of the amounts of material that constitute a threat. Those data and the conclusion drawn by that group of experts were used to inform the security measures implemented at airports.