New hand luggage rules on flights | Sunday Observer

New hand luggage rules on flights

Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, Director Aviation Security, P.A. Jayakantha explains a point at the media briefing. Pic: Wimal Karunatilleke
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, Director Aviation Security, P.A. Jayakantha explains a point at the media briefing. Pic: Wimal Karunatilleke

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited (AASL) is geared to face any security threat to passengers and flights, Head of Security (AASL) Dhammika Wijesuriya told the media at a briefing on the new standards on carriage of Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) in hand luggage on flights. The new rules will come into force on June 1. He said AASL is prepared to ward off any threat from terrorist groups be it ISIS (Islamic State for Iraq and Syria) or any other terrorist organisation.

“So far there has not been any incident of terrorist attacks. We have taken every precaution to avert terrorist attacks,” Wijesuriya said.

Security experts have hinted possible terrorist attacks on Sri Lanka from ISIS which has spread it tentacles to the rest of the world.

Aviation security regulations have been tightened world over to thwart terrorist from carrying out attacks on flights. AASL Head of Airport Management, H.S. Hettiarachchi said, “Terrorism in nothing new to us. We are prepared for contingencies.”

The BIA came under a severe attack from the LTTE in 2001 resulting in a colossal loss to the country’s aviation sector. Even during the height of terrorism in Sri Lanka the AAISL had contingency measures to prevent attacks.

However, the regulation on liquids is nothing new as it has been practiced in other airports since 2006.

The AAISL in keeping with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) request passengers to carrying LAGs in their hand luggage to place all LAG containers in 20x20cm transparent re-sealable, polythene bags and that each container should not exceed 100ml.

The total quantity of LAGs cannot exceed 1000 ml (1 litre) and a passenger could carry only one bag.

The LAG containers have to be presented to the security screening check points separately. However, according to the regulations, the restrictions do not apply to liquids or other LAGs purchased from the airport Duty Free shops which have been mandated to sell the LAGs in Standard Tamper Evident Bangs (STEB). Baby milk, baby food and medicines can be carried in the hand luggage with proof of authenticity. AAISL officials said the standard does not apply to LAGs carried in the unaccompanied luggage. 

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