Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) engaged the services of
Enviro Serv, a waste management company, to assist with the safe disposal of
Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) left behind by passengers travelling abroad.
This follows the implementation of new security measures two weeks ago at the three international airports (OR Tambo, Durban, Cape Town). Whilst the response from passengers to the new regulations has been largely positive and cooperative, to date more than 6.8 tons of LAGs have been sent to a disposal facility to be destroyed in a manner that is ozone-friendly and fully compliant with environmental regulations. Initially, ACSA was collecting approximates 500 litres a day although this has reduced considerably to approximately 230 litres a day.
Any LAGs in passengers’ hand luggage must be in containers of maximum 100ml each or smaller. They must be packed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, the total capacity of which cannot be larger than 1 litre. The purpose of the rules is to protect aircraft against the threat of liquid explosives.Duty Free shoppers are still able to purchase Duty Free items but LAG purchases must be kept sealed in the special plastic bag, given at the point of purchase, until they reach their final destination.