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Old 11-06-2006, 06:54 AM   #1
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This will help many travelers flying from Europe to the US. If only the US would adopt the EU rules for duty free purchases going on a connecting flight, the rules in the US might actually start to make sense with regard to this kind of purchase.

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Originally posted by Travel Weekly by Andrew Compart - November 6 2006
EU member states changing air travel security rules for liquids

All member states of the European Union, plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, are expected to adopt standardized air travel security rules Nov. 6 for liquids that can be taken on board on flights departing from the EU, a change that should help travelers avoid repacking and airport confusion.

While the new rules won't eliminate all of the frustration -- some travelers may not like the limitations, and differences won't be completely eliminated -- there will at least be more standardization than before. Regardless of the standardization, each country will still be permitted to adopt its own set of rules, and the rules when traveling from countries outside of the EU may be different.

For example, the new rules will allow passengers to carry small quantities of liquids onboard under a system almost identical to the one recently adopted in the U.S.

In the EU, Albania, Iceland, Kosovo, Norway and Switzerland, each liquid must be in a separate container with a maximum capacity of about 3.4 ounces. Those containers must be carried in clear plastic zip-top bags with a maximum capacity of about one quart. Each passenger is limited to one such bag, which he must present for inspection at security.

Essential medications and baby food may be permitted in larger quantities, but will be subject to authentication.

Passengers also can take onboard liquid items of any size that are purchased after the security check point.

Liquid items purchased at duty-free shops at European Union airports also can be taken on board, but if the store puts it in a sealed bag when purchased the customer must not remove it. Travelers also should retain their proof of purchase for the entire journey, because they will be required to show it at all transfer points.

When travelers change flights at an EU airport, they can take duty-free purchases through the security check point at the connecting airport only if they have been purchased at another EU airport, or onboard an aircraft operated by an EU carrier, as shown by the proof of purchase.

Purchases from other airports or onboard other airlines may only be brought on as hold baggage on the connecting flight...
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