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Strange rule at Gdansk Airport -- Can someone explain?

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1. Posted by hanseadict (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

hanseadict has indicated that this thread is about Poland

The following notice is listed on the Gdansk Airport website. Couldnt get through to authorities to ask. Any idea what the source or reason for this rule is? There are no flight to the USA or Canada or Israel out of this airport, so why are they stipulated? Thanks for any input.

2006-08-12

Important information

Due to current international situation and according to recommendations of the President of the Civil Aviation Office of the Republic of Poland we kindly inform that following security procedures for the passengers travelling to the United States of America, Canada, Israel and the Great Britain have been implemented in Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport:

- All passengers travelling to the United States of America, Canada, Israel and the Great Britain are supposed to pass through the manual search performed by Border Police Officers,

- No hand luggage is allowed to be taken on board,

Only these mentioned items can be taken on board by the passengers:

Wallets and personal documents;

Travel documents (passports and tickets);

Keys without any electronic elements);

Medicines necessary for the flight time;

Glasses;

Plastic containers for contact lenses (no bottles with disinfection solution allowed);

Personal hygiene products (handkerchiefs, wet handkerchiefs, sanitary towels, tampons) without containers;

Food and milk for infants and babies (passenger responsible for the child is supposed to sample a small amount of the food in the presence of the Border Police Officer).

The mentioned items are allowed to be taken on board in transparent plastic bags only!

Other goods can be transported in the registered baggage only!

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

I'd guess that they have just forgotten to remove the notice from their website.

This was the standard response brought in last autumn in response to the alleged imminent threat to blow up trans atlantic flights from the UK, using home made devices involving liquid's and electronic items. All flights to the UK and US had these, and in the immediate aftermath of the threat, many other airports around the world brought them in.

They have been relaxed since then, though to what level depends on where you are flying. The Uk, for example, still only allows 1 piece of handluggage (so no laptop/handbag carried separately), and whilst liquids/gels are allowed, it is only in small quantities - up to 100ml each, and all in a clear plastic bag - that are allowed. This doesn't affect purchases after passing through security.

EDIT: And i would guess that it is a standard note they put up at all Polish airports (a similar one went up all around the world, the only differences being the languages things were written in), and whilst there might not be flights to those places from Gdansk, there might be from Warszawa. In addition, it is also of relevance to people travelling onto connecting flights. If you were flying to the US, via, say Frankfurt or London, you would probably be ok taking normal hand luggage as far as Frankfurt, but then for your connecting flight to the US, you would be stuck, and possibly unable to check it in at that point.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 16, 2007, at 2:59 PM by Gelli ]

3. Posted by hanseadict (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Sounds right and verified with Wizzair which flies a lot out of there. Thank you!