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ICAO airline safety standards for liquids to be put into effect

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Starting next Friday, passengers who change planes or make transit stops in Taiwan will be asked to observe the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) safety inspection standards for liquids, aerosols and gels when they board with carry-on luggage.

A person flying from Bangkok to Los Angeles via Taipei, for example, will not be able to bring any liquids, aerosols and gels purchased from duty-free shops in Bangkok or on the flight to Taipei before they board the plane for the Los Angeles leg of their journey.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) issued a statement yesterday that a test run of the new policy will begin next Friday. It will be officially implemented on June 1.

Passengers leaving from Taiwan have been asked to observe the rule since March. All the liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on language must not exceed 1 liter in volume and must be placed in a sealable, transparent plastic bag.

Meanwhile, domestic airlines will raise fuel surcharges for international flights on the same day.

The CAA said earlier the measure was implemented because of the rising international fuel price.

Information from Chinese Petroleum Corp, Taiwan, indicated that the international price for jet fuel averaged US$126.59 per barrel in March and April, but it has jumped to US$140.33 last month and this month.

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