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More than six tons of LAGs disposed of since introduction of new regulations
Tuesday, July 03, 2007 | 00:00

This follows the implementation of new security measures two weeks ago at the three international airports (O.R. Tambo, Durban, Cape Town). All passengers travelling internationally are reminded that they need to adhere to the new rules.

Whilst the response from passengers has been largely positive and cooperative with regard to the new regulations, to date more than 6,8 tons of LAGs have been sent to a disposal facility in order to be destroyed in a manner that is ozone-friendly and fully compliant with environmental regulations. Initially, we were collecting about 500 litres a day and now this has reduced considerably to about 230 litres a day. It is mainly beverages and most people decant into containers provided for this purpose before boarding.

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. The purpose of the rules is to protect aircraft against the threat of liquid explosives.

Duty Free shoppers can rest assured that they can still buy Duty Free items on-airport but must be mindful of the fact that the transfer and termination regulations pertaining to Duty Free LAG purchases differ globally.  Passengers are thus encouraged to contact the airline they will be travelling with well in advance to establish the latest Duty Free LAG regulations in effect in the country they will be transferring through, and ultimately terminating their journey in.

ACSA continues to work closely with the South African Civil Aviation Authority in this regard whilst Duty Free sales staff remain ready in-store to assist passengers.  Duty Free shoppers are reminded that their LAG purchases must be kept sealed in the special plastic bag, given at the point of purchase, until they reach their final destination.

For more information contact:
Solomon Makgale
Communications Manager
Airports Company South Africa
082 781 8863.  

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