Genoa (Italy): As airlines respond to the threat of explosion from terrorist devices disguised as laptops and computers, pressure has been mounting for a solution which will enhance passenger safety. The bomb which was placed within the cabin of Metrojet flight 7K9268, because of the security breach at Sharm el-Sheikh airport, caused the aircraft to crash in the Sinai desert and was the worst Russian air disaster after years is still in the public consciousness.
The fact that all aircraft are vulnerable to terrorist attack has been bought into focus by the introduction of recent tablet and laptop ban in some airlines. Airport security is at very high levels, and is subject to continuous improvement. But complementary passive countermeasures are also needed, in order to protect aircraft, crew and passengers, in the event an explosive device is smuggled onboard. So it’s no surprise therefore that the aviation industry is urgently looking for ways to enhance passenger safety.
The D’Appolonia FLY-BAG2 is fitted into the aircraft hold. Passenger bags are then loaded into the lightweight flexible bag within the hold. In the event of an explosion, the new generation fabric contains the blast by absorbing the shock waves, together with any fragments, while being fire resistant. Roberto Carpaneto, CEO, D’Appolonia, says, “The FLY-BAG2 represents a major step in counter terrorism and gives passengers the assurance that they can travel with increased levels of safety. We move into production initially with FLY-BAG2 variants, designed specifically for the Airbus A320, but we will be responding to industry demand with new sizes for other aircraft types in the near future.”