Japan’s airlines have rolled out this new security check
TRAVELERS flying with Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will need to be extra careful about the things that they pack in their carry-on luggage this point onwards.
The airlines have begun conducting new security checks for powdery substances for US-bound flights.
According to the new regulations introduced at the request of the US government, passengers will not be allowed to bring more than 350ml of powder-like substances into the cabin in their hand luggage. To put this in perspective, 350ml is about the same amount as a soda can.
This is because certain types of powders can be used to make improvised explosive devices.
This latest measure is being implemented a year after the US requested airports to check for potential explosives in laptops, tablet computers, and other electronic devices, after fears of terrorists smuggling bombs disguised as laptops onto airplanes arose.
At that time, the US intelligence and law enforcement agencies had discovered that terrorists have “developed innovative ways” to conceal explosives in electronic devices that are capable of avoiding detection by some airport security systems.
More airlines and airports around the world are expected to follow suit, but here’s what you need to know about the new security check in Japan:
- Screening is conducted near the boarding gates on the hand luggage of randomly selected passengers who have already been through the security gates.
- Items subject to the new regulations include sugar, salt, flour, and cosmetics. These need to be checked in.
- Baby formula, medicines, and cremated remains will be allowed in hand luggage if deemed safe.
- If found with unidentifiable powder-like substances, passengers will be asked to remove the packages from their carry-ons, much like liquids.
Currently, six Japanese airports have flights departing for and arriving from the USL: New Chitose, Haneda, Narita, Chubu, Kansai, and Fukuoka.
JAL has also implemented the same rule for those who are departing Australia on international flights.
Meanwhile, as of June 30, 2018, Australia has enforced powder screening.
All passengers flying out of the country on international flights and even those on domestic flights departing from international terminals (such as Sydney’s Terminal 1 or Melbourne’s Terminal 2) will have all powders in their carry-ons screened.
This is coming after an attempted plot to blow up a passenger plane in Australia last July.
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