Air passengers urged to avoid banned items

DUBAI - Dubai Police yesterday urged passengers using the Dubai International Airport to ensure their hand luggage does not contain objects banned onboard flights, as hundreds of such objects have been detected and seized recently.

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Published: Sat 7 Feb 2004, 11:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:36 PM

A senior official said carrying such items in hand bags was a violation of the rules and regulations set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Colonel Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani, Acting Head of the General Directorate of Ports and Airports Security, said passengers should exercise caution and make sure their hand luggage does not have banned items.

"Inspectors discovered banned items in passenger hand luggage during search operations using advanced equipment, prior to passengers boarding planes. We found pairs of scissors, knives of different sizes, electric wires, adhesive tapes, plastic toy guns, blades, screwdrivers, choppers, air fresheners, car engine oils and other similar items.

The passengers are unaware of the danger posed by such substances," the police official said.

Col. Thani said the directorate had put up boards in various languages informing passengers arriving at the airport about the compliance of regulations.

He said even air tickets have clear instructions (issued by ICAO) advising passengers not to carry such items on board.

ICAO was set up to secure international cooperation with the highest possible degree of uniformity in regulations and standard procedures regarding civil aviation matters.

Col. Thani said despite all these instructions and guidelines, passengers sometimes insist on carrying banned items.

"But we are applying the law and passengers will have to bear the consequences of the failure to abide by rules and regulations. Banned items will always be impounded", said the police official.

The police official lauded the efforts of police officers and staff in charge on main and interior inspection equipment, for their contribution in beefing up security and aircraft safety.

He said the work of security personnel had made it possible for Dubai International Airport to secure top position among world's airports from security perspectives. Col. Thani said hand baggage are being checked using advanced electronic devices including X-ray equipment and electronic gates through which passengers pass on the way to the aircraft.

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