August 11, 2008

EU Relaxes Aviation Security Rules on Routes From Croatia

EU relaxes aviation security rules on routes from Croatia

BRUSSELS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission adopted a regulation on Friday, allowing air passengers arriving from six Croatian airports and transferring at a European Union (EU) airport to take liquids, aerosols and gels on board their connecting flights.

When changing planes in the EU, passengers will no longer be obliged to abandon such items carried in their cabin baggage if bought at the following Croatian airports: Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Pula, Split, Zadar, and Zagreb.

The exemption is the second of its kind after Singapore.

"This is an important step that will save transfer passengers from a lot of inconvenience without compromising security. The commission was able to grant this exemption for liquids bought at these Croatian airports because the Croatian national authorities have demonstrated that their security measures were as good as ours," said European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, who is responsible for transport policy.

In response to the serious threat posed by liquid explosives to air transport, the European Commission in October 2006 adopted a regulation prohibiting passengers from carrying more than small amounts of liquids past screening points and on-board aircraft. This has had an unfortunate side effect.

Under the rules, arriving passengers are prohibited from taking liquids bought in third country airports into the cabin of connecting flights when they change planes at an EU airport.

In 2007, EU rules provided for exemptions on the condition that the third country complies with EU equivalent security requirements. Exemptions are granted on a country-by-country basis.

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