Published On: Mon, Feb 25th, 2013

Curaçao Airport Partners introduces liquids and gel control at the airport

AirportWILLEMSTAD – Passengers, either boarding at or transferring through our airport, as of March 15, 2013 will go through a liquid, aerosols and gel (LAGs) control, irrespective of their destination.  The LAGs control is ruled by ICAO and TSA (in the US) and has been ordered by the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority to be introduced at this moment in Curaçao.  CAP, in order to introduce the LAGs control, will introduce a third screening machine and line and bring some changes in the Departure Screening Point.   The airport tax counter has already been moved downstairs and is operational as of February 18th.

CAP, will on the occasion of the introduction of the LAGs control in cooperation with its partners, start a information campaign to inform passengers boarding as those transferring through our airport of the introduction of LAGs control at the Curaçao International Airport.

The LAGs control was introduced in 2006 as the international response after and attempted liquid bomb attack in an airplane in the UK. The introduction of the LAGs check at HatoAirport is an important step in further ensuring the security of the passengers. CAP decided to provide and additional screening machines and manpower in order to be sure that this additional check can be performed without delays. The additional screening machine also makes sure the airport is prepared for growth of especially Curacao’s local carriers.

The introduction of the LAGs control implies that each passenger is allowed to have in their carry-on baggage 100 milliliter or smaller containers of liquids or gels in a 1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Containers with more than 100 milliliter of liquid or gel are permitted in checked luggage.  The bag limits the total volume per person. Only 1 bag per traveler is allowed to be placed in the security bin.

What should be considered as LAGs?  Any thing you can pour, pump, squeeze, spread, smear, spray or spilled should be considered as a LAG.  This includes water and other drinks, soup, syrups, jams, stews, sauces and pastes, creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils, sprays, perfumes, hair and shower gels, shaving and other foams, deodorants, pastes (including toothpaste), liquid-solid mixtures, mascara, lip gloss or lip balm or any other item of similar consistency at room temperature.  Please note that baby formula and –food, breast milk and juice and medically necessary liquids and gels, including medications are exempted of the LAGs control.  It’s not required for them to be carried in a zip-top bag.  Furthermore LAGS bought inside the departure hall must be packed and sealed by staff at tax free stores.  This seal is valid for a period of one day. It is not allowed to tamper with the bag nor seal.

Those transferring in the USA must also be aware that at LAGs must be checked-in luggage at US airports.

CAP will initiate, in cooperation with its partners, an information campaign at the introduction of the LAGs control.  The campaign comes close to the 3-1-1 campaign used in many other countries who has introduced this kind of control.

CAP also apologizes for eventual inconvenience caused due to the work done in the next weeks at the departure screening point in order to guaranty a swift introduction of the LAG control.

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