Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Only 100ml Liquid Allowed on International Flights effective 21 May

Limit on some hand luggage comes into effect May 21

Effective May 21, liquids, aerosols or gels (LAGs) in airline passengers’ hand luggage will be limited to 100ml per item on all international flights departing from Malaysia.

LAGs carried in containers larger than 100ml will not be allowed, even if the container is partially filled and these containers must be placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one liter.

Malaysia Airports Berhad security & airport fire and rescue services senior general manager Datuk Kamaruddin Mohd Ismail said these bags measuring 20cm by 20cm will be provided free of charge to passengers.

“We expect to be providing these bags free for the first three to six months of implementation, after which passengers must get it by themselves from any supermarket.”

Kamaruddin said the containers must fit comfortably in the bag and that the bag should be presented for X-ray screening separately from other hand luggage.

“Exemptions will be made for medicine, baby milk/food and special dietary requirements needed during the flight,” Kamaruddin said, but added that those carrying medicine or special dietary would need to show proof for verification purposes.

“LAGs purchased at duty free shops or on board the aircraft are exempted from this, but the items must be packed in a different sealed tamper-evident plastic bag with the receipt attached.

“The bag will be provided at the retailers expense at all points-of-purchase that sell LAGs and the receipt attached must be for the day of travel or transit.

“This bag is also much larger and completely different from the transparent, re-sealable plastic bag.”

Kamaruddin said airport staff would be on hand during the initial stage to assist passengers who might not be familiar with the process and added that the smaller re-sealable bag, but not the tamper-evident bag, could be reused.

Kamaruddin urged passengers to take note of the new ruling so that there would be less inconvenience and delay.

Kamaruddin said the new rule followed recommendations by the International Civil Aviation Organisation that was issued to all Contracting States on Dec 11, 2006.

“The recommendations are a result of reports concerning the alleged terrorist plot on August 9, 2006 in the UK.”

Countries which have implemented such restrictions include the United States, Britain, European United nations, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines with China starting on May 1 and Singapore on May 8.

The airports in Malaysia where this ruling will take effect are KLIA, Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, Miri, Redang, Tioman and Malacca.

Source : STAR
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