An airport security worker checks the
carry-on of a passenger at an airport in Chongqing, April 30, 2007.
Passengers taking international flights from the Beijing Capital
International Airport during the May Day holiday should arrive at the airport at
least 2 hours before departure because of extended security checks.
A new rule starts today, limiting passengers to carrying no more than 1 liter
of liquid in their hand luggage.
"Security checks now may take longer than usual," Lu Haifeng, assistant
manager of quality and safety department at the airport, said.
The airport is expected to receive more than 1 million passengers during the
The General Administration of Civil Aviation (CAAC) introduced the new rule
in accordance with the recommendation by the International Civil Aviation
For passengers on international flights, all liquids carried in hand luggage
must be held in containers with a capacity of no more than 100 milliliters. The
containers should be placed in a transparent, re-sealable bag with a maximum
capacity of 1 liter. Each passenger will be allowed to carry only one bag.
Exemptions will be made for baby milk and baby food in the baby's presence as
well as medications with prescriptions.
Women passengers should also be aware that facial cream, lip gloss, perfume
and even mascara all come under the liquid category.
"The airport will provide free bags at counters in front of the security
check machine," Lu said.
Big screens in the airport have started to broadcast notices in both Chinese
and English, reminding travelers of security rules.
The airport police will also boost patrols during the holiday, and there will
be more staff working at security checkpoints.
The restrictions will not affect customers shopping at duty-free shops, but
shoppers must retain all receipts and not open the package.
"Those who need transfer flights at a foreign airport should consult with
their airlines to understand the different rules in various countries," Lu said.
On domestic flights, the restrictions are slightly looser. Passengers are
allowed to take no more than 1 liter of liquid in their hand luggage, but there
is no limit on the size of the containers.
The liquid ban was first introduced on December 11, 2006, after British
police foiled a terrorist plot to smuggle liquid explosives onto an aircraft
that was scheduled to fly from Britain to the United States in August 2006.
Soon afterwards, the CAAC adopted the measures for passengers flying to the
US and have been effective ever since.