THAI tightens security on flights

BANGKOK: Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced more stringent security measures following the uncovering of a supposedly Al Qaeda-led terrorist plot to detonate liquid-based explosives on flights between Britain and the US.

Somchainuk Engtrakul, Chairman of the THAI Board, has announced that the airline has tightened security measures for flights to the US and UK, and also to the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Australia, as well as for all domestic flights.

Passengers on these routes are now forbidden to take any liquids or gels of any kind on board. These include drinks, shampoo, toothpaste and creams. These articles may, however, be checked in as luggage to be stored in the aircraft baggage hold.

For passengers on international routes, liquid products bought at duty-free shops after clearing immigration will have to be handed over to airline staff at the boarding gate.

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The increased measures came into effect on Saturday (August 12). Passengers on all of the international routes with increased security measures are asked to arrive at check-in at least three hours before the flight’s scheduled departure.

For more information, see The THAI announcement here.

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