Singapore: Singapore will restrict liquids, aerosols and gels in passengers’ hand luggage at its airports as part of new security measures against a possible terror attack.
Travellers leaving Changi and Selatar airports will be affected when the changes take effect on May 8, police and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a joint statement.
The measures are in line with recommendations put forward by the International Civil Aviation Organization after a reported terror plot in Britain in August last year.
British authorities at the time said they had foiled a plot to blow up planes flying from Britain to the United States using liquid explosives.
“Though there is currently no specific threat against civil aviation in Singapore, the UK incident underlines how real and continuing the global terrorist threat is,” the joint statement said.
Under the new measures, liquids, aerosols and gels must be stored in containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. They must be placed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag which must be completely closed. Only one such plastic bag is allowed per passenger, and this must be presented separately for security screening.
Liquids, aerosols and gels cover a wide range of items from water and other drinks to perfumes, deodorants, toothpaste, cosmetics, contact lens solutions and hair and shower gels.
Pressurised foam and sprays, including shaving foam, as well as soups and sauces, creams, balms, lotions and oils are also affected.
Exempt items will include medications such as insulin and cough syrups as well as baby food and special food needed by passengers, but these will be subjected to additional checks.