ALBUQUERQUE – Scientists and Homeland security personnel tested a new liquid scanner during a public demonstration at Albuquerque International Sunport on Wednesday. Experts say the device can determine whether or not a bottle or container is holding hazardous material. 

During the presentation, officials tested water and champagne bottles and other containers. The scanner uses magnetic energy to analyze the liquid inside a container. A light on the device will flash red or green, indicating whether or not a potentially dangerous substance is inside. 

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory developed the new technology.A botched terrorist plot involving liquid bombs in 2006 prompted stricter guidelines on what passengers could carry on a plane. Officials say it’ll be years before the new liquid scanners will be used in airports.

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