We have developed our range of Test Baggage for use in airport Baggage Handling System (BHS), specialised Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) and Explosive Detection System (EDS) trials.

Our test bags are specially selected and equipped to sustain the technical and physical demands of the most intensive baggage security test programs.

Features Include:

  • Rugged and durable baggage designs that represent all luggage styles and weights
  • A variety of IATA specified luggage types that replicate typical passenger luggage  
  • Ruggedised labelling that includes unique IATA Barcodes for each item
  • Optional embedded RFiD tags that can be used as part of an automated test bag tracking system to ensure 100% identification when used with the CHS AutoRFiD system
  • Clearly marked external numbering sequences with optional Barcodes 
  • Filling materials made up to agreed weights to represent a range of typical passenger bags
  • The filling materials made up of recycled rags and paper items and are contained within fire suppressant polythene bags

The following features specifically apply to our EDS ‘Reject’ Test bags:

  • Provision of X-Ray simulants’ that guarantee 100% X-Ray rejection rates 
  • Incorporation of lead numbers to aid X-Ray identification during EDS screening 
  • Clearly marked external numbering sequences that correlate with the internal lead numbering and optional RFiD tags

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Our range

We provide 3 ranges of Test Baggage to cover all airport operational requirements:

  1. Hold Baggage X-Ray Test Bags 
  2. Volume Test Baggage
  3. IATA Out of Gauge (OOG) Test Items

Hold Baggage X-Ray Test Bags

We supply 3 basic types of test bag for use in trialling and testing HBS X-Ray systems as follows:

'Reject' or 'Alarm' Test Bags

Our red coloured HBS 'Reject' or 'Alarm' test bags are designed to be discovered. These bags are built to be detected by X-Ray systems whatever the bag orientation.  Lead numbering systems, coupled with a specialist simulant, ensures that our bags are detected and rejected every time by a correctly calibrated X-Ray system. The lead numerals are duplicated in mirror image so as to display clearly to screening personnel irrespective of bag orientation, and are solidly fixed to a stable backing plate to ensure that they don’t work loose over time.

These test bags are designed to work with all airport X-Ray scanners including the new generation ECAC Standard 3 and TSA certified machines. We refine the design to keep up with the newer smarter breed of X-Ray systems as they are introduced. We do this by building in simulants and other features that test X-Ray scanner integrity and safety protocols. Our aim is to ensure that our test pieces are reliable every time.

‘Clear’ Test Bags

These green coloured test bags have the opposite function to the ‘Reject’ or ‘Alarm’ bags and are guaranteed to be free of all items that could trigger an HBS alarm. These ‘Clear’ bags are normally mixed in with the red ‘Alarm’ bags prior to screening, and if the system is functioning correctly, the red and green bags will be separated with the red bags being diverted for ‘Level 4’ screening whilst the green will be clear for baggage sorting in the normal way.

Both the ‘Reject’ and ‘Clear’ HBS hard-shell bags are made from virtually indestructible polypropylene. They are designed to be easy to handle and are of a size and weight that can easily be lifted on and off a conveyor line. They feature four multi-directional wheels (360 degrees) for optimum manoeuvrability and feature carrying handles and a trolley system.

Level 4 Test Bags

Our yellow super-ruggedised 'Level 4' test bag is guaranteed to be rejected 100% of the time by validated new generation Standard 3 machines. The military grade case is tough and designed to be used on a daily basis to prove the Hold Baggage X-ray system is operating correctly, and to give operational confidence to security screening staff. 

Volume Test Baggage

The CHS Volume Test Bag range incorporates Extra Large, Large, Medium and Cabin Sized bags in both hard shell and soft-shell ranges. 

Hard-Shell Volume Test Luggage

The CHS Hard-Shell range is made from durable polypropylene that allows the external shell to absorb impact by 'flexing' when under heavy stress. We use designs where the shell will not permanently deform when under pressure, but instead will 'pop' back up into its original shape. External handles and built in wheels are provided for easy airside handling and marshalling. We guarantee that our hard-shell test bags will not shatter or splinter in use.

Soft-Shell Volume Test Luggage

Our zippered soft cases are designed to withstand the rough and tumble of conveyor and sortation systems. The bags are finished in a variety of colours and are typically constructed from a tough 300 denier polyester fabric. A wide range of styles and sizes are available to simulate luggage from the maximum allowable load to the minimum Input Statement items that are permitted at your airport.

Low-Cost Volume Test Items

We offer a range of volume test baggage that incorporates ridged 3 ply cardboard boxes. This is intended for customers who are planning shorter periods of testing and want to avoid the higher cost of more durable luggage. Our cardboard items are supplied in a variety of weights and sizes, carry warning labels and are filled with recycled materials enclosed in flame retardant bags.

IATA Out of Gauge (OOG) Test Items

Out of Gauge items represent the diversity of odd sized non-standard items that passengers’ often want to check-in to their flights. 

The CHS IATA reference range of OOG test items covers the luggage that can be expected at airport check-in desks and includes items such as sporting equipment, briefcases, rucksacks, military bags as well as baby seats and prams. These items can be supplied with IATA classification tags that include dimensional information, serial numbers, weight and identification barcoding.


Each test bag can be supplied with a four way numbering and identification protocol:

  • High visibility abrasion resistant labels with identification numbering on the front and back faces of the test bags.
  • Individually unique barcodes for automatic bag identification can be supplied on the labels as required.
  • Optional RFiD identification allowing the bags to be used within a CHS AutoRFiD identification test setup. The CHS AutoRFiD technology delivers a 100% success rate in identifying passing bags whatever their size, orientation or position on the conveyor.


Read our 6 Things to Consider when Ordering Test Baggage blog post for tips to ensure you’re equipped with test pieces that sustain demands of your baggage systems and baggage security test programs.

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