Effective from 1 June 2007, new security measures will be applied at the three of Airports Company South Africa’s main international airports (O.R. Tambo, Durban, Cape Town). The new rules restrict the amount of Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) that passengers may take on board in their hand luggage on international flights. The purpose of the rules is to protect aircraft against the threat of liquid explosives.
In terms of the new rules, 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.
However, 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.
Bongani Maseko, ACSA’s Director of Operations said the introduction of rules around carrying of LAGs was a global security precautionary measure. The rules are now International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.
“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 campaign will be initiated to help travellers.
Furthermore, again to assist passengers to comply, ACSA has ordered two (2) million plastic bags. These will be handed out at the three main airports, 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.
Travellers are urged to prepare for the new rules in the pre-travel stage of their trip and to allow extra time at check-in and the security check point by arriving at least three hours before their flight departs. ENDS.
For enquiries, contact: Solomon Makgale
Airports Company South Africa
Tel: 011 921 6087 / 082 781 8863