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Thursday, November 1, 2007
Rules of the aerosol

There’s a great deal of time lag at airports these days, especially if you plan to travel overseas. Since that evil moment that gripped the World – perhaps second only to the assassination of President John F Kennedy – on 11th September 2001 airport security has, understandably been heavily upgraded. And in the true tradition of closing the door after the horse has bolted, most of the security initiatives are extremely inconvenient and perhaps not that effective. Nevertheless, we have to abide by the rules if we want to fly off to far-flung territories to generate business, or to that remote island for a bit of solitary reflection.

Security measures imposed are time-consuming and passengers these days — those planning to go overseas — are asked to report and join a long queue three hours before the scheduled take off time, not 90 minutes before as it used to be.
British Airways has issued a helpful guide to advise its prospective passengers of the rules of the air – well, actually it should really be called ‘the rules of the aerosol’. The rules do not apply for checked-in baggage, and do not apply to domestic flights.
There are strict rules concerning so-called ‘LAGS’ (meaning, liquids, aerosols and gels) as carried in ‘cabin luggage’. Essentially, any item as defined must not exceed 100ml and such items must be put together in a clear plastic bag for easy identification and scanning.
If you can pour it, pump it, squeeze it, spread it, smear it, spray it or spill it, it’s a ‘LAG’ and must be placed in a clear plastic bag.
Such materials would include shampoo, toothpaste, suntan lotions, creams, hair gel, body deodorant sprays, shaving foam, perfumes, and any drinks, soups or syrups.
These items are not banned like explosives, inflammable liquids or guns; they are just severely restricted. Items you may also carry with you, but within the above regulations, would include ‘essential medication’, contact lens solution, and baby food.
Rather comically, you may be required to taste the baby food in the presence of ‘officials’. Poor you; it tastes pretty bland, if you ask me.
Please help old aunts and grannies especially – well old uncles too, for that matter: many are blissfully unaware of our highly-strung, inflexible modern society and will easily fall foul of the rules. Bear in mind many cosmetics are packaged in funny volumes like 105ml or 125ml and the last thing you want is for your relatives to be out a few mills. If they carry medication they may be asked to prove it is essential so carry the prescription and, if necessary, a doctor’s report.
Happy landings! By Nigel Benetton
 

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