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Virtual Security Officers Pester Travelers in Airports

February 4, 2011 | Kendal Kirby
Julie_Capper.jpgBy Erin Killian via npr

Apparently people who fly from Manchester, England, often forget to throw away their liquids. Since 2006, when the policy that required travelers to ditch their liquids went into effect, staff at the Manchester airport has tried all sorts of mechanisms to get people to comply.

"We've tried a number of things, from posters to leaflets, from real staff being there to remind people," Russell Craig, spokesman for the Manchester International Airport, tells Robert Siegel on All Things Considered. "Even, last summer, we had people dressed as giant bottles of water."

Their latest ploy? Holograms -- just like those in Star Wars (remember the scene where Princess Leia makes a plea to Obi-Wan Kenobi?). Last week, the airport added holograms of two real employees -- Julie Capper and John Walsh -- to remind passengers of the liquid restrictions. Their holograms are two-dimensional.

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