13 JANUARY 2014

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Article from BTNews 13 JANUARY 2014

Olympics liquids ban

Moscow’s Ministry of Transport said that all liquids, regardless of volume, have been banned in carry-on luggage in Russian airports as the country increases security for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The rule is perverse in that the very limited international services into Sochi will operate under the normal 100ml IATA rule (the search is at the outbound airport), as will all competitor and spectator charters.  Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, says that passengers should place all liquids in their check-in baggage.  The new regulations open up all sorts of problems in passing through Russian security including flights from Moscow to world wide destinations.  Most airports have a ‘common’ security check with the exception of Amsterdam.  If you are flying to a non-Schengen country, this check will be conducted at the gate.

Exceptions are possible for medicine and baby food, but airport security services have permission to check them.  Also, passengers will have to prove they really need the medication during the flight.

The ban is in response to continuing terrorist threats and is supposed to last until the end of Winter Olympics. www.ruaviation.com/dir/info/3

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