New flying rules curb risky liquids

Date: 08 Jun 2007
Since the beginning of this moth, new security measures to protect aircraft against liquid explosives have been in force. The new rules restrict the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels (Lags) passengers can board with in hand luggage on international flights from OR Tambo, Cape Town and Durban International Airports. Lags must be in containers of 100ml maximum each. They must be packed in transparent, resealable plastic bags with a total capacity of no more than a litre. “The introduction of rules for Lags is a global security precautionary measure. “The rules are not International Civil Aviation Organisation standards,” said Airport Company of SA (Acsa) operations director Bongani Maseko. Acsa has ordered 2 000 plastic bags, to hand to passengers at the airports until month-end. Travellers are urged to allow for extra time at check-in and security checkpoints. By Kim Helfrich The Citizen 08/06/07