In the 90’ in the USA some experts have conducted prototypes with research projects with reinforced containers, but never landed the prototype products on the market because of their excessive cost and the weight that made it uneconomical to use.
The FLY-BAG project activities have been initiated, starting from this situation of the state of the art, but by adopting a radically different approach compared to solutions designed for reinforced containers: instead of a rigid, thick and heavy, designed to oppose wave generated by the explosion without deformation, FLY-BAG has set itself the objective of finding a flexible, lightweight, capable of containing the blast overpressure generated by a mechanism of deformation obtained by adopting a multilayer textile-based, where each layer performs a specific function.
The rise in worldwide terrorism has required measures to be taken to harden aircraft against catastrophic in-flight failure due to concealed explosives. Commercial aviation can be protected from the threat of explosives by: preventing explosives from reaching the aircraft; mitigating the effects of an explosive; protecting the aircraft from an onboard explosion. The risk that a small quantity of an explosive, below the threshold of the detection instruments, could get undetected should be considered, and the introduction of countermeasures to reduce the effects of on-board explosions should be considered. This is the idea behind FLY-BAG.
FLY-BAG realized a blastworthy textile-based luggage container to protect aircrafts from explosions caused by bombs concealed inside the checked luggage.