Saturday, December 16, 2006

Stricter Luggage Regulations for Australian Travel

PETALING JAYA: From March 31 next year, Malaysian passengers and everyone travelling in and out of Australia by flight will have to abide by strict hand luggage regulations when carrying liquids on board planes.

Only small amounts of these substances including drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels and toothpaste will be permitted to be taken through the screening point onboard aircraft as carry-on baggage.

The substances must be packed in separate containers not exceeding 100ml each, in a transparent plastic bag no larger than one litre (20cm x 20cm), which will also be screened separately.

However, exceptions will be made for passengers with medical conditions and quantities of baby food required for the flight.

The introduction of enhanced security measures comes as a direct response to vulnerabilities identified after British authorities foiled a terrorist plot to bomb several transatlantic flights in August.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Transport and Regional Services Minister Mark Vaile had announced that such measures were consistent with practices adopted by Canada, Europe, the United States and Britain. “The Australian Government recognises that these restrictions will affect the industry and the travelling public but we must always put the public’s safety first,” he said in a press release recently.

Last year, an estimated 171,700 Malaysians visited Australia, excluding those going for educational or medical purposes. The number is expected to double by the year 2013 according to Tourism Australia.

Source : STAR
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