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Department of Transport issues Airport Security Update 15 August 2006

The Department of Transport has implemented revised aviation security measures at Ronaldsway Airport to fall in line with all airports in the UK. This announcement is a direct result of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre's decision to change the UK threat level from Critical to Severe.

These new arrangements are detailed below and apply to all passengers starting their journey at Ronaldsway or any UK airport and to those transferring from international flights at a UK airport.

New Aviation Security Measures

  • Each passenger is permitted to carry ONE item of cabin baggage through the airport security search point. This could be a small laptop case, but the dimensions of this item must not exceed: a maximum length of 45 cm, width of 35 cm and depth of 16 cm (17.7"×13.7"×6.2" approx) (including wheels, handles, side pockets etc.). Other bags, such as handbags, must be carried within the single item of cabin baggage. All items carried by passengers will be x-ray screened, as previously.
  • No liquids of any type are permitted through the airport security search point, other than the following items:
    • Essential medicines in liquid form sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), as long as verified as authentic
    • Baby milk and liquid baby food (the contents of each bottle or jar must be tasted by the accompanying passenger)

NOTE: The definition of liquids includes gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurised containers, e.g. toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, deodorant, shaving foam, aerosols, etc.

To help their progress through search points, passengers are encouraged not to include items capable of containing liquids (e.g. bottles, flasks, tubes, cans, plastic containers etc.) in their cabin baggage.

All laptops and large electrical items (e.g. large hairdryer) must be removed from the bag and placed in a tray so that such items neither obscure nor are obscured by the bag.

Pushchairs and walking aids are permitted but must be x-ray screened. Wheelchairs are permitted but must be thoroughly searched.

The Department of Transport will continue to work closely with local operators regarding the introduction of these new security arrangements, mindful of keeping any disruption to passengers to an absolute minimum. The Department will also maintain close links with UK Department for Transport and keep these security measures under review.

If members of the public have any questions regarding security that are not answered by the advice given above they should call the Airport Information Desk on 821600. Any queries regarding confirmation of flight times should be addressed to the airline concerned.

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