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Bomb Proof Cargo Hold to Keep Planes Safe
The skies may get a little bit friendlier following this explosive announcement from scientists at the University of Sheffield: a new bomb-proof material can contain an explosion inside an airplane — keeping everyone in the plane itself safe. The Fly-Bag, as it's called, is designed with layers of unique fabrics, materials, and coatings that, when woven together, produce a super-strong, lightweight, and heat-resistant textile with shockwave-swallowing properties. After extensively testing in a blast lab, an international team of scientists lined the luggage holds of an old Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321 with the composite material and set off an increasingly-powerful series of bombs inside it at Cotswolds Airport, near Cirencester, England in July.