New security arrangements for international flights at Melboune Airport
May 23, 2007
Residents from Victoria who are flying overseas should sort through the liquids, aerosols and gels in their carry-on baggage in accordance with new government restrictions before they leave home for Melbourne Airport.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, made the call today at Melbourne Airport.
“The Government is introducing new rules for taking liquids, aerosols and gels on to international flights from 31 March 2007. Each container of liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on baggage must be 100 millilitres or less and all the containers must be sealed in a transparent 20cm x 20cm plastic bag. You are only allowed one bag,” Mr Vaile said.
Mr Vaile said, “To find out more about the new rules, you can talk to your airline or travel agent, visitwww.dotars.gov.au or phone our hotline on 1300 791 581. There will also be posters and brochures at Australian international airports, including Melbourne Airport.
“The Government understands that these new rules may cause some inconvenience, but they are needed to protect airline passengers from the threat of a terrorist attack using liquid explosives.”
Chris Barlow, Melbourne Airport’s CEO said that the airport’s focus was on minimising the inconvenience to passengers whilst ensuring passengers complied with the new regulations.
“The last thing we want to see is passengers having to discard their valuable items such as perfume, cosmetics or liquor at the security screening point. The easiest way to minimise disruption is to travel prepared with liquid, aerosol and gel items packed in your check-in luggage,” Mr Barlow said.
Mr Barlow also said passengers could continue to purchase drinks and other liquid, aerosol or gel items after security.
“Passengers travelling direct to their destination – that is, their flight has no stopovers – can continue to purchase any liquids, aerosols or gels – including Duty Free – after security,” he said.
Mr Vaile said, “Customer Service staff will be on hand at Melbourne Airport to help passengers understand the new regulations. International travellers should plan to be checking-in at least three hours before their flight. We are confident Australian travellers will be patient with government requirements and adapt to the new system in the interest of ensuring we have the safest and most secure aviation industry in the world.”