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CAA adopts new security measures at CKS Airport

TRAVEL LIGHT Other than infant formula and other essential items like medicine, the aviation administration said liquids and gels are not allowed in carry-on luggage

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

CKS International Airport has adopted new security measures in response to the elevated security alert in the US and Britain, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday.

The measures were announced after a late-night meeting on Thursday following reports that British police had foiled a plot to blow up several trans-Atlantic flights from Britain to the US.

The CAA said that passengers found to be carrying liquid and gel products, such as shampoo, shower gel, lotion, sunscreen, toothpaste, contact lens solution, mineral water and alcohol in their hand luggage would be asked to leave them behind before being allowed to board the plane, the aviation police agency said.

However, infant formula, prescription medicine such as insulin, will be allowed on board subject to approval by security staff, the CAA said.

Special boarding areas have also been set up at the CKS airport for aircraft bound for the US and the UK to facilitate security inspections.

The areas are from gates seven to 10 in sections C and D in Terminal Two and gates A5 or A6 in Terminal One.

The shoes and footwear of passengers heading to the US or the UK will also be subject to x-ray screening. For people with disabilities, their footwear will undergo a special screening.

Aside from the regular security inspections, US and UK-bound passengers will have to undergo another round of security checks, including carry-on luggage and body inspections, at the special boarding zone prior to getting on the plane.

The British Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei also issued an urgent notice on Thursday, saying that passengers are banned from carrying hand luggage, liquids and all but a handful of essential items in a clear plastic bag.

The CAA said that the regulation will remain until the US Transportation Security Administration under the Department of Homeland Security calls off the alert.

The aeronautics administration yesterday advised passengers to avoid taking too many items in their carry-on baggage.

So far, passengers heading to Britain and the US had cooperated with the security check-ups, the CAA said.

Meanwhile, Hsu Kao-ching (許高慶), secretary-general of the Travel Agents' Association, said yesterday that tour groups to the US and Britain will depart as scheduled unless the Ministry of Foreign Affairs places a travel alert on the two countries.

He said that approximately 400 Taiwanese tourists are currently traveling in Britain, including transit passengers. Five more groups will head to Britain over the next two days, he said.

Airlines urged passengers on US routes to check-in earlier to prevent delays, as the US Department of Homeland Security's raising of its threat assessment to the highest level meant extended screening procedures.

Additional reporting by Jessie Ho

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