THE Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Department of Transportation have reinforced airport signages reminding passengers bound for Hong Kong to make sure that they are not bringing prohibited items in their luggage.
MIAA general manager Ed Monreal also advised the public that it is wise to check with the airline what they can and cannot bring on board.
Monreal also strongly urged passengers to be extra careful and to pack their own bags and check them carefully before sealing them, in order to avoid inconvenience as a result of being flagged by screeners.
All of these developments were triggered by an incident where a Filipino student bound for Canada was reported to have been intercepted in Hong Kong airport last January 8, 2019 for bringing extendable batons in his check-in baggage.
Following this, the Philippine Consulate General appealed to Filipino passengers who are entering or transiting Hong Kong to refrain from bringing prohibited items, particularly stunning devices in their carry-on or check-in luggage as these are considered as ‘arms’ under the firearms and ammunition ordinance of Hong Kong.
Just this month, OTS screeners in NAIA intercepted at the initial screening two flick knives belonging to an Israeli and Filipino passengers bound for Hong Kong. They also confiscated five toy guns on different occasions. Bullets which are declared by passengers as amulets are still on top of NAIA’s confiscation list of interceptions.
The Office for Transportation Security (OTS), Monreal said, has a list of prohibited items that passengers can also use as guide in packing their bags. The list is categorized and applies to flights originating within the Philippines.
The categories are listed down as follows: guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles (all forms of firearms and guns must be endorsed to the appropriate Law Enforcement Officer under Presidential Decree No. 1866); stunning devices; objects with sharp points and edges (they are not allowed in cabin while any sharp objects in checked-in baggage should be sheated or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers); workers’ tools; blunt instruments; explosives and incendiary substances and devices.
Crutches or walking sticks or aid are allowed into the cabin of an aircraft if carried or used by an elderly or a person with reduced mobility or with a visible need of such aid. Such items shall be electronically screened and or physically inspected for anomalies.
Besides strict implementation of guidelines on prohibited items, NAIA also imposes restriction on the carriage of liquid, aerosols and gels (LAGs) and medicines or medical equipment.
Passengers are only allowed to bring with them 100ml each of LAGs, not to exceed one liter. These should be packed in a resealable plastic bag and placed in their hand carry.
All types of LAGs however, regardless of volume, when labeled as flammable (highly combustible and self-igniting by chemical reaction), corrosive or toxic is not allowed as hand carry or check-in. Exemption is made for medications, baby food or milk and special dietary requirement.
GM Monreal thus appeals strongly to air passengers to be aware of the guidelines for a smooth, problem-free travel.
For the detailed list of prohibited items, passengers may check this link -- http://ots.gov.ph/images/memos/mc-2015-02.pdf. If and when you are travelling, click this and save yourself from any hassle.
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