THE Office of Transportation and Security (OTS) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports released a list of revised prohibited items for all departing passengers on originating flights from the Philippines.
A copy of the list was received by the office of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) headed by General Manager Eddie V. Monreal.
The new list included some exemptions on the liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) over 100 ml such as baby formula or breast milk if a baby or a small child is travelling; essential medicines and medical items with proof of prescription or statement from doctors; reasonable amount of essential non-prescription medicine including homeopathic medicine for a medical condition; reasonable amount of dietary requirements; liquids including water, juice or liquid nutrition or gel for passenger with disability or medical condition; life support; life-sustaining liquids (bone-marrow); and blood products or transplant organs.
Also exempted are items used to augment the body and for medical and cosmetics reason such as mastectomy products, prosthetics breast, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution or other liquids such as gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medical related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions and LAGs in a valid security tamper-evident bag (STEB).
It was learned that if the medically necessary items exceed 100ml or not contained in a 20x20 cm re-sealable bag, this must be declared to one of the security officer at the checkpoint for further inspection or refer to airport medical officer or proof of prescription or statement from doctor or medical professional is needed.
Only flight crew in uniform and on duty are exempted from LGAs restrictions.
Meanwhile, the NAIA passed the United Kingdom, Canadian and Australian audit with flying colors without issues that were held weeks ago.
On the other hand, the United States Transportation Security Administration [US-TSA] is set to conduct their own audit today.
“We hope to pass this audit with flying colors and hoping no more issues,” said Monreal.
The audit will ensure that security measures were applied in every airport in the country especially the confiscation of banned items from carry-on-luggage must be strictly applied.