Bag will prevent blasts

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A BAG which can protect planes from bombs in passenger luggage has been developed by a team of scientists including academics from Sheffield University.

The Fly-Bag features multiple layers of fabrics, composites and coatings and is designed to be filled with passenger luggage and then placed in the hold of a plane.

If there was a bomb in luggage which exploded, the resulting blast would be absorbed by the bag due to its complex fabric structure, preventing damage to the plane.

It is expected the Fly-Bag will be on the market in one to two years, although cost would depend on a range of variables such as the structure of the plane.

A low weight, removable solution is expected to be more appealing to airlines than work to harden overall aircraft structures.