20 June 2012
Almost 7 tonnes of surrendered items had to be disposed of at Aberdeen Airport last year, as passengers remain confused by current aviation security rules.
The figures show how much had to be confiscated from passengers passing through security at Aberdeen Airport in 2011, and are released as the airport prepares for the big summer holiday get-away.
Liquids, gels, creams and pastes are still the most common offender; often passengers have these items in their hand luggage which exceed the 100ml rule. But it is not just bottled water; everything from sun cream to hair gel, right up to expensive malt whiskey has to be regularly and safely disposed of, to meet strict EU rules.
George Cowie is the airport Head of Security and Terminal Operations. He said that this time of year is regularly a challenge. “We see an increase in passengers at this time of year, with a surge in families jetting off for their summer holidays. We are delighted to welcome them and are always pleased to see them.
“Many families ask how they can get through security more quickly and with no fuss, and the answer to that is always being prepared. If you arrive at the airport with any liquids, gels or creams in your hold baggage (the bag you check in) then you won’t have anything to worry about and can get through security smoothly. The rule of thumb is that if the container is MORE than 100mls you must check it in, if it is less than 100mls you can take it in hand luggage.”
Carol Benzie is the airport Operations Director. She understands the challenge. “No-one is in any doubt that getting a whole family prepared for the annual holiday can be a challenge. All we ask is that you take a little time when you are packing your case to make sure all the bags comply with the rules. It saves you time at the airport, can help reduce queues for other passengers, and can help save you money also by reducing the amount of items you need to replace.”
Schools across the city and shire break for the summer holidays on Friday 29th June, when the summer rush is expected to begin.