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The introduction of a new order of transportation of liquids may cause certain problems during checking in for flights
The introduction of a new order of transportation of liquids may cause certain problems during checking in for flights. Head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) Yevgeny Bachurin told journalists on Monday that he hopes that passengers will treat with understanding the introduction of the new rules, because they are introduced for the sake of their personal safety. The rules of pre-flight control at Russian airports will come into force on August 27. From this date one passenger will be allowed to carry just one litre of liquids on board and only packed in a plastic bag. According to recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and for purposes of ensuring safety following last year’s incident at Great Britain’s airport Russia has to introduce restrictions regarding the liquid volumes on board of airliners. Deputy head of the Federal Agency on Supervision in Sphere of Transport (Rostransnadzor) Vladimir Chertok for his part noted that it will be allowed to carry on board only baby food and medicines without plastic bags. The ICAO has standardised the bags and they have definite marking. Bachurin also said that in order to avoid embarrassing situations the shops should reconsider their stock of products on sale and not to sell alcoholic beverages in bottles with the volume exceeding one litre. Certainly, there is also another variant. For instance, there is an agreement between duty-free shops and air companies in the United States that a large-volume bottle with an alcoholic beverage should be immediately packed and taken on board by transport services. The passenger will be able to get his bottle on arrival together with the luggage. Passengers should in advance take care of their hand luggage and pack all perfumes and register them in the luggage, Bachurin said. Otherwise, excessive alcoholic beverages, perfumes and non-alcoholic drinks will be confiscated starting from August 27. Certainly, it will be possible to put them in the luggage room before the check-in and get them back on the way back. Chertok expressed confidence that airports in the future will be furnished with special equipment that in a matter of minutes will be able to determine if the transported liquid is hazardous or not. He then expressed the hope that in this case it will be possible to cancel these rules. The Rosaviatsiya head also brought forward a proposal to adopt successful ideas from experience of a number of foreign air companies and come out with a bill that will restrict alcohol consumption in flight. Bachurin told reporters that there have been more incidents when passengers “under the influence of alcohol on board put their own lives and lives of passengers in jeopardy.” “There has been a trend in the world towards restricting or prohibiting alcohol consumption on board airliners not only for security considerations, but also due to major harm of alcohol use at a high altitude,” the Rosaviatsiya head noted. According to the Rosaviatsiya head, “A number of foreign air companies, including Lufthansa prohibit opening of bottles with alcohol bought by passengers at duty-free shops at airports.” And air stewards monitor the condition of passengers and also restrict the consumption of alcohol, the official added. The Rostransnadzor deputy head backed Bachurin drawing attention to facts when drunken passengers were trying to break into the plane’s crew cabin or made attempts to open an emergency escape hatch. Chertok said that the plane’s “crewmembers are not police officers that should combat offences and not only adults, but also children fly by planes.” Chertok pointed out that Rostransnadzor is publishing the names of troublemakers on its website so that air carriers could know the names of “the heroes.” He stressed that in the future these people will be restricted in using services of air companies.
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