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New security rules for liquids

The New Zealand Airports Association (NZAA) is reminding passengers of new security rules for liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in carry-on luggage which will apply at New Zealand airports from Saturday 31 March.

The new rules will bring New Zealand airports in line with most airports around the world that have security measures restricting carriage of LAGs on board a plane.

When packing for overseas travel, passengers are reminded that the following restrictions will apply to carry-on luggage on international flights from this Saturday:

* All liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers of 100ml or less.

* Passengers must carry their 100ml containers in a resealable transparent plastic bag of one litre volume, approximately 20cm x 20cm (this is a re-sealable sandwich bag like those available at your local supermarket).

* Each passenger, including children, will be allowed to carry on a one litre transparent plastic bag.

* The plastic bag must be re-sealable and presented separately from all other carry-on baggage at the screening point.

There are exemptions for personal medications, baby products and dietary supplements in liquid, aerosol or gel form. Restrictions are covered in detail in Flysmart brochures or go to

Duty Free Liquids Aerosols and Gels

"Buying and travelling with duty free and other retail purchases will not change for most passengers," said Graeme Ware, NZAA Chairman.

"The new rules only apply to liquids, aerosols and gels."

* Travellers flying direct to Australia and other countries from a New Zealand airport can purchase duty free and other retail products as usual once past security screening.

* Travellers stopping over, transiting, or transferring to another aircraft through another airport en route to their final destination might be affected, and need to check the rules as they apply to their itinerary with their airlines.

* Buy before you fly - Pre-purchased duty free can be collected on return to New Zealand.

* Duty free goods can still be bought on arrival in New Zealand.

Further information on stopover, transit and transfer flight restrictions is available in detail in the Shopping at New Zealand International Airports brochure now available at airports and travel agents, or go to . Airport retailers will also be available to advise customers on the new rules.

About New Zealand Airports Association (NZAA)

NZAA's purpose is to promote and advise members on legislation and regulations, and provide timely information and analysis of all New Zealand and relevant international aviation developments and issues. It provides a forum for discussion and decision on matters affecting the ownership and operation of airports and the aviation industry, and disseminates advice in relation to the operation and maintenance of airport facilities. It acts as an advocate for airports, and safe and efficient aviation.


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