Tomorrow (1 June 2007) will see Airports Company South Africa begin enforcing the new international standards in terms of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs). In addition, airports have agreed on contingency plans to ensure smooth operations at all it airports during the strike as a result of the public sector strike.
New security measures will be applied at Airports Company South Africa’s three international airports (O.R. Tambo, Durban, Cape Town). All passengers travelling internationally are reminded that they need to adhere to the new rules. The purpose of the rules is to protect aircraft against the threat of liquid explosives.
Any liquids, aerosols or gels in a passenger’s hand luggage must be in containers of maximum 100ml each or smaller. They must be packed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, the total capacity of which cannot be larger than 1 litre.
ACSA’s Duty Free shoppers are assured that they will be allowed to take their purchases on board their flight as these stores will carry approved plastic bags.
Director of Operations at ACSA, Bongani Maseko, explained, “Security concerns posed by liquid explosives were highlighted to civil aviation operations all over the world following threats targeted at some United Kingdom flights in August 2006. In response, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) issued a state letter recommending the interim guidelines for the screening of LAGs for implementation by States during the first half of 2007.
“In an effort to streamline security checks and processes, ACSA recommends that passengers should place all LAGs in their checked-in luggage. However, passengers that do decide to carry LAGs for various reasons need to take these regulations into account when planning their trips,” he added. Maseko assured the flying public that as part of ACSA’s efforts in ensuring that passengers comply with the new requirements, media awareness and education campaigns have been initiated. .
ACSA has also ordered two thousand plastic bags. These will be handed out at international departures to travellers free of charge until the end of June. Discussions with manufacturing and retail industries to produce and avail the plastic bags are at an advanced stage.
Passengers departing from other domestic airports, transiting through O.R. Tambo, Cape Town and Durban International should remain mindful of the new regulations and prepare accordingly at the point of departure.
Furthermore, ACSA is aware of the looming civil servants strike. Travellers can rest assured that we have been in discussions with all relevant Government departments and stakeholders. A contingency plan has been agreed upon. Should the strike go ahead, we do not expect any major impact on airport operations but we will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and inform relevant parties accordingly.
For enquiries, contact: Solomon Makgale
Communications Manager: Airports Company South Africa
Tel: 011 921 6087 / 082 781 8863