Airline passengers can now carry hand sanitizers in cabin baggage
Guwahati: New Delhi: The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has now decided to allowed passengers boarding an aircraft to carry hand sanitizers in their cabin baggage.
Since hand sanitizing is one of the proven preventive measures against the novel coronavirus (along with physical distancing), the bureau has now allowed passengers to carry hand sanitizers up to 350 ml in their cabin baggage. This is to be implemented with immediate effect as well.
Even the aircraft operators have been asked to provide wide publicity with regards to the usage of sanitizers and advise the passengers at the security checkpoint to declare the items. However, existing instructions of the carriage of other items such as liquid, gels, pastes, or items of similar consistency will continue to be 100 ml.
This action comes at a time when India is trying to bring back its nationals stranded in countries due to the lockdown and ban on international travel under the Vande Bharat Mission.
Plans are also being made to operate special domestic flights from different cities between May 19 and June 2.
Although the plan is yet to receive an official nod, the domestic movement of passengers can be seen as a part of the phase 2 of evacuation flights to bring Indians from abroad. Individuals will have to book tickets through the airlines' website after the official notification is released.