Wednesday 12 December 2012
Guernsey Airport is advising anyone travelling by air this Christmas not to carry any wrapped presents or gifts involving liquids or gels in hand luggage.
Under the current aviation security measures operated in Guernsey, Alderney, and at other airports, all carry on items are subject to search and screening. Therefore any wrapped presents and parcels may have to be opened for inspection by security staff.
Restrictions are also in place on the amount of liquids or gels that can be carried through security. This is limited to 100 millilitres per container, and no more than 400 millilitres in total.
Deputy Airport Director, Ashley Nicholas, said the best advice for passengers was to pack their Christmas items in their hold baggage.
'The security procedures are very specific regarding items passengers are not permitted carry on board an aircraft. Security staff need to be able to inspect the contents of bags but equally any packages, and if they are wrapped already you may be asked to open them,' he said.
'We would rather avoid that, so we advise passengers to travel with presents unwrapped and ideally in their hold baggage if they have any.
'The same advice applies to any liquids, gels, or pastes, including food items. These are subject to the normal restrictions, and if in doubt passengers should ask at the check-in desk.'