EU LAGs restrictions to remain until 2014

Nicole Mezzasalma


ETRC issued a statement reminding travel retailers that restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels will not be lifted in April as originally planned

Liquids securityEuropean Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC) has issued a statement to remind travel retailers and duty-free operators in Europe and elsewhere in the world that the current European Union restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in passengers’ hand luggage will remain unchanged until early 2014.

The restrictions were initially meant to be lifted on April 29 but the European Commission decided to postpone that deadline to January 31 2014 based on a consultation with EU stakeholders including ETRC.

Current rules limit LAGs in hand luggage to containers no greater than 100ml packed in a transparent one-litre resealable plastic bag. Passengers transferring at EU airports from third countries and carrying duty-free LAGs purchases in excess of 100ml will continue to have their products confiscated and ETRC urges retailers in those countries not to sell such products to EU-transferring passengers for the time being, with the exception of passengers arriving from the US, Canada, Singapore, Croatia and Kuala Lumpur International airport.

ETRC vice-president and special advisor on aviation security Frank O’Connell said: “Starting on January 31 2014, LAGs in STEBs from third countries should be allowed for passengers who are transferring at European airports, provided that they are screened by liquid explosive detection systems [LEDS], but for the time being, the status quo remains.

“ETRC is closely working together with policy-makers and stakeholders to achieve the most practical basis for the implementation of the new rules and to simplify procedures for the movement of air travellers within the EU”, he added.

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A Big loss to the duty free operators Specially to the transit passengers
Comment by: Pradeep on 19-Apr-2013
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