New security measures at airports from 6 November

On 4 October 2006 the European Commission adopted a regulation restricting the taking of liquids aboard aircraft. The regulation is the European Commissions response to new threats in civil aviation and enters into force on 6 November 2006.

The regulation brings greater security for passengers and civil aviation, closes loopholes in defending against potential terrorist attacks using liquid explosives, and ensures that security measures within the EU are uniform. The new regulation limits the liquids that passengers can take past security control points at airports and then onto the aircraft. It applies to all flights departing from airports in the EU, regardless of their destination or the nationality of the carrier.

The new rules only apply to hand luggage. Passengers will still be allowed to carry small quantities of personal care products in their hand luggage (perfumes, creams, gels, etc.), provided that the containers or packaging do not contain more than 100 ml and can easily be placed in transparent plastic bags (volume: one litre). Passengers must show liquids stored in this way at the security control point and submit them for security checks. Certain exceptions are permitted such as medicines and food needed during the flight, including baby food.

Additionally the new rules require passengers to take off coats and jackets at security control points and to remove portable computers and larger electrical devices from their hand luggage. The regulation also specifies the maximum permitted dimensions for hand luggage (56 x 45 x 25 cm), with the possibility of certain exceptions such as musical instruments, although this provision will enter into force after a six-month transition period.

Brnik, 26 October 2006