Remember the days when you could get to the airport 20 minutes before your flight, run across the terminal and somehow still catch your plane? You didn't have to take off your shoes, or throw away your bottle of water, and you definitely didn't have to check your bags just because you wanted to bring a bottle or two of wine home for the holidays. Now, not only do you have to wait at baggage claim, but most airlines charge you for the "luxury" of checking luggage, which means those bottles of wine are now at least $25 more expensive.
Well, according to ABC News, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico are working on a new scanner for the TSA that could not only determine whether or not the liquids passing through are explosive, but are so sensitive as to determine whether a bottle of wine is red or white. The devices, still in development, are now about the size of a small refrigerator, but are too slow to be practical (taking 15 seconds per scan). The devices are still at least three years away from any "practical application"--which means it might be a while before we can toss that bottle of Chanteduc into your carry-on, but at least it offers a glimmer of hope to the wine-loving traveler.