Sheffield inventors hopeful over bomb-proof technology on planes

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Scientists at the University of Sheffield have helped develop new bomb-proof technology designed to keep planes safe from terrorists.

The new Fly-Bag lines an aircraft’s luggage hold with multiple layers of novel fabrics and composites.

New tests on disused planes have shown the invention may be able to contain the force of an explosion should a bomb within a passenger’s luggage be detonated during a flight - reducing damage and preventing a crash.

Disasters such as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 drove the need for this kind of invention.

Dr Andy Tyas, of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, who is leading the research at the University of Sheffield, said: “The results are extremely promising.”