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BAGGAGE SERVICES ADVISORY

 November      2006                                                                                        NO: 78 

SUBJECT:    

1.      UPDATED SECURITY INFORMATION TO PASSENGERS

 Dear Partner in Travel,

 As directed by the EU, all EU Member States will effective from 06 November 2006, implement restrictions on cabin baggage and liquids carried in passenger hand baggage for all flights operated from and within any EU State. 

Although these restrictions do not apply for flights leaving South Africa, it is recommended that travel agents inform passengers with onward connections from European Airports of these restrictions as these requirements will affect them.  

In addition we strongly suggest that passengers be advised to rather pack liquids within checked baggage and to adhere to hand luggage limitations to avoid unnecessary inconvenience at security check points.  

Below please find the communication as distributed by Aviation Security (Compliance & Quality Control).

 MAY I TRAVEL WITH THIS?

Following recent events involving the potential use of Liquid Explosives to commit attacks against International Civil Aviation Operations and the associated security threat identified against Civil Aviation Operations in certain countries a number of security restrictions have been imposed on our passengers travelling to and from various international destinations.

 To facilitate your travel, kindly refer to the chart below in identifying specific security restrictions imposed on flights you are booked to travel on.

 Prohibited items list

All SAA flights operated from South African Airports – Except flights to the U.S.A.

Item

Cabin Baggage

Checked Baggage

Remarks

Ammunition

No

No

Handled through firearms counters at limited quantities of not exceeding 4kg’s,

Axes

No

Yes

 

Baseball bats

No

Yes

 

Blackjacks

No

Yes

 

Bows and Arrows

No

Yes

 

Box cutters

No

Yes

 

Brass Knuckles

No

Yes

 

Corkscrews

No

Yes

 

Cricket bats

No

Yes

 

Crow bars

No

Yes

 

Disabling chemicals or gases

No

No

Must be handled as Dangerous Goods

Lighters

Yes

No

Subjected to DG regulations.

Fire extinguishers

No

No

Must be handled as Dangerous Goods

Flare pistols

No

No

Unarmed flare pistols will be allowed.

Golf clubs

No

Yes

 

Hammers

No

Yes

 

Hockey sticks

No

Yes

 

Hunting knives

No

Yes

 

Ice axe/Ice pick

No

Yes

 

Large heavy tools (wrenches, pliers, etc)

No

Yes

 

Martial arts devices

No

Yes

 

Metal scissors with pointed tips

No

Yes

 

Pepper spray

No

No

Must be handled as Dangerous Goods

Pool cues

No

Yes

 

Portable power drills

No

Yes

 

Razor blades (not in a cartridge)

No

Yes

 

Religious knives

No

Yes

 

Screwdrivers

No

Yes

 

Ski poles

No

Yes

 

Spear guns

No

Yes

 

Stun guns/shocking devices

No

Yes

 

Swords

No

Yes

 

Tear gas

No

No

Must be handled as Dangerous Goods

Throwing stars

No

Yes

 

Toy weapons

 

No

Yes

 

All flights operated to and from the U.S.A. (As directed by the US TSA)

All items on the prohibited items list plus:

Flights to the USA, from Johannesburg and Dakar:

Liquids essential for the use of the passenger during his/her trip such as personal hygiene, toiletries etc, may be carried provided that:

a)      Such items are packed in a resealable clear plastic bag not exceeding 1 quart (1 liter) in size.

b)      The items packed within the sealable bag may not exceed 3 oz (30ml) per item.

c)      The bag must be sealed.

d)      The contents must comfortably fit in the bag.

e)      The bag must be handed to Security staff at the boarding gate for screening/inspection separate from cabin baggage.

f)        Items exceeding the above requirements must be declared to security staff.

g)      All passengers will be subjected to secondary boarding gate screening/searches.  

No liquids purchased at Duty Free will be allowed carriage in the cabin of the aircraft.

Liquids not packed within the plastic bag and/or liquids not deemed necessary for personal use will not be allowed.  

Passengers will be allowed to purchase liquid items from Inflight Duty Free Sales, but will be required to place these items within their checked baggage at the first port of entry into the US, before connecting onto any other flights from the US.

Exceptions:

Baby formula/milk and baby food in small containers if a baby or small child is travelling.

Prescription medicine (liquid and gel)

Essential other non-prescription medicines not to exceed 4oz (120ml) per container, to include saline solution and eye care products such as eye drops and contact lens solution.

Liquids and gels (inclusive of juice) for diabetic passengers who indicate a need for such items to address their medical condition. Quantities are limited to no greater than 5oz (148ml) per container.

Solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items such as lipstick in a tube, solid deodorant, lip balm and similar solids.

The above items may be carried in checked baggage.

Flights from the USA, Washington and New York

All of the above with the exception that duty free items purchased inside the sterile area may be carried in the cabin of the aircraft.

Passengers carrying items not conforming to the above requirements must declare such items to the TSA screening staff.

Passengers may be subjected to additional screening if they carry liquids through the central screening point at US Airports.

 

All flights operated from Europe, including the UK. (London, Frankfurt, Zurich & Paris)

All items on the prohibited items list plus:

Passenger will only be allowed ONE piece of cabin baggage not exceeding 56cm in length by 45cm in width and 25cm in depth.

Passengers carrying musical instruments shall be allowed to carry such instrument as a second piece of hand baggage.

All other hand carried items, inclusive of hand bags, laptop computers and cell phones MUST form part of this one piece of cabin baggage and may not be carried loose.

Passengers will be allowed to proceed through airport security with liquids conforming to the following requirements:

a)      Liquids for personal use in individual containers of not exceeding 100ml per container.

b)      All these containers must be packed within a 1x litre size, clear (see through) re-sealable plastic bag. (Bags such as “Zip Lock” bags are considered as acceptable.)

c)      The plastic bag containing the liquids must be carried loose from cabin baggage for security screening formalities.

All liquid items, other than the exceptions below, not conforming to the above are prohibited through the airport screening points.

Passengers travelling from the UK to any destination will be allowed to purchase liquid type items at the airport Duty Free area.

Exceptions:

Baby foods, milk and juice if tasted by the passenger, or cleared by security in another manner.

Essential and prescription medicines will be allowed under the following conditions:

-          The passenger will be required to taste the medicine to verify that it is genuine.

-          If verified as genuine the passenger will be allowed to proceed.

-          If the medicine can not be tasted, the passenger will be referred back to the airline who will accompany the passenger to an airport pharmacist to verify the medicine.

-          If all OK by the pharmacist the passenger will be allowed to proceed with the medicine.

Solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items such as lipstick in a tube, solid deodorant, lip balm and similar solids. 

All flights operated from India (As directed by the Department of Transport of India)

All items on the prohibited items list plus:

Liquids of any size, shape or form may NOT be carried in cabin baggage or on person. These items include shampoo, hair gel, toothpaste, perfume, body lotion, suntan lotion, liquid cosmetics, liquid lip balm, aerosols of any nature including deodorant and liquor.

There are no restrictions on cabin baggage other than the standard requirement of such items not exceeding 7kg in weight.

Exceptions:

Baby formula/milk and baby food in small containers if a baby or small child is travelling.

Prescription medicine (liquid and gel) labelled with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket and/or doctor’s letter.

Essential other non-prescription medicines not to exceed 4oz (120ml) per container, to include saline solution and eye care products such as eye drops and contact lens solution.

Liquids and gels (inclusive of juice) for diabetic passengers who indicate a need for such items to address their medical condition. Quantities are limited to no greater than 5oz (148ml) per container.

Solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items such as lipstick in a tube, solid deodorant, lip balm and similar solids.

Clearance procedures for other items that may be construed as Dangerous or Hazardous items, not defined as prohibited items.

Certain items not listed as Prohibited items which may be carried on a person or in cabin baggage for medical or other use, such as syringes and hypodermically needles should be declared to the airline check-in agent or checkpoint security staff. The airline will accept the carriage of these items in the cabin of the aircraft only if such items are accompanied by clearly labelled medication such as insulin or other life saving medicines. Unlabeled or unidentified substances accompanied with syringes, or packs of needles not accompanied by the above may be denied for carriage on a person or within cabin baggage.

 

Passengers carrying these items, not requiring access to such items during flight are encouraged to rather pack these within their checked baggage.

When such items are considered as unjustified or non essential, security staff may confiscate such items if a passenger fails to provide sufficient reason and/or medical evidence to carry such items.

 We urge passengers to keep their cabin baggage and other accessible property to be carried through airport security points to a minimum to assist in speeding up the screening process.

 Travellers are advised that the security restrictions imposed are issued and directed by the relevant authority of those states requiring additional security measures, and these requirements are therefore subject to change without any control by South African Airways.

 Kind regards,

  Passenger Procedures and Facilitation

South African Airways

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