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Abu Dhabi, July 5, 2007

Abu Dhabi International Airport has said its implementation of new aviation security measures was going smooth.

As per the new rule, there is a restriction on the amount of liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAG) that passengers can carry onboard as part of their hand-carry luggage.

The new rules went into force at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 2 from June 30. The airport operations department described the implementation as 'generally smooth.'

'Traffic flow was smooth, and all flights left perfectly on time, thanks to the collective efforts of all organisations operating at the airport,' the officials said.

Ahead of implementation, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) had launched an intensive orientation campaign that involved travel agents, carriers, and the public.
Brochures were disseminated and commercials run in different languages to tune in passengers to the new
measures.

On the first day of implementation, passengers were greeted by customer service teams of ADAC and a group of 'student ambassadors' who ensured that passengers complied with the new measures.

Information panels were set up in various locations, such as the departure check-In hall and screening points, to inform and remind passengers of the new restrictions, the officials said.

Pamphlets on the new restrictions have been made available for passengers' ready reference and also regular announcements are being made in this regard, they said.

Also, tables have been set up for passengers who may need to re-pack their belongings.

'Most of the passengers were aware of the new rules, and for the few who were not, the customer service teams were there to give a hand,' officials at Operations Department said.

To ensure smooth processing of travel formalities, passengers have been advised to check-in all liquids, aerosols and gels items not required during their flight in their check-in luggage.

Liquids, aerosols and gels required during the flight should be packed in accordance with the new restrictions, before passengers arrive at the airport.

The following are the new aviation safety measures:
(a) Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers with a maximum capacity of not more than 100ml each. Liquids, aerosols and gels in containers larger than 100ml will not be accepted, even if the container is partially-filled.
(b) Containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity not exceeding one litre. These containers must fit comfortably within the transparent resealable plastic bag, which must be completely closed.
(c) Each passenger can carry only one transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which must be presented separately for screening.

However exemptions will be made for medications, baby food and special dietary items, the official said.




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