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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

China to ease liquid ban


The Civil Aviation Administration of China will allow limited amount of liquids and gels on carry-on luggage starting May 1 based on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Under the new ICAO guidelines, airports can allow the carrying of all liquids and gels in carry-on luggage but should not exceed 100 ml each. These should be placed in a transparent resealable plastic bag of a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The plastic bag should be presented for examination at the airport and only one plastic bag is allowed per passenger, ICAO said. Airports around the world have started easing the rule on liquids and gels based on the ICAO recommendation. Hong Kong International Airport started easing the liquid and gel ban on March 21. The Airport Authority Hong Kong said airport operations and flight schedules remained normal following the implementation of the new rule. China will implement the new rule starting on May 1. Hong Kong officials deployed about 100 staff to help passengers. For the convenience of passengers who needed to repack their luggage, re-sealable plastic bags were made available and tables have been set up at each of the check-in aisles. Airports worldwide implemented the ban on liquids and gels in cabin luggage following the discovery of a plot to bomb flights bound for the United States and originating from the United Kingdom. Items allowed in carry-on luggage include baby formula, breast milk and juice if a baby or small child is traveling.

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