Liat Pilot, Captain Richard Adams, looking over some of the brochures with Air Traffic Controller, Deidre Dottin. (A. Gaskin/BGIS)

Travellers were given important safety tips to bear in mind when travelling when Civil Aviation officials set up a help desk under the theme: Travel Savvy Awareness at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday.

As they continued to celebrate a week of activities to mark International Civil Aviation Day which will be celebrated tomorrow, Friday, December 7 under the theme: Aviation: Our Reliable Connection to the World, staff from the Civil Aviation Department were on hand to give travellers the dos and don’ts of travelling.

Aeronautical Information Service Supervisor, Josline King and Air Traffic Controller, Deidre Dottin, were on hand to distribute fliers on what passengers should and should not take in their hand luggage, how it should be packaged, considerations for travelling with children and medication, and to answer any questions.

Among the tips outlined were that persons travelling with children should be aware that babies must be at least seven days old, and children 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult 18 years and older, who must fly on the same flight and in the same travel class.

Meanwhile, those with medical issues are urged to take all necessary precautions before boarding the aircraft. In the case of diabetics, it is advised that they take their medicines, blood testing supplies, an extra supply of insulin, and an extra snack with them in a carry-on bag.

The information brochures also advised all those travelling with Bajan delicacies for relatives and friends overseas, particularly those living in the United States, Canada and England, to ensure that they were aware of the baggage allowances for the relevant aircraft.

They were also advised to purchase fish at least one day in advance and to ensure that it was frozen. The fish should be wrapped in newspaper, and or aluminum foil and placed in re-sealable plastic bags. That fish should then be placed in an insulated bag.

It was also made clear that explosives, and incendiary materials, flammable items, gases and pressure containers, corrosives and matches were among items on the banned list.

Meanwhile, sporting goods, knives, firearms, paintball guns, small scissors and cutting instruments, are among items which must be placed in checked luggage only.

Items on the restricted list include all drinks including water, soups and syrups, creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and gels including hair and shower gel. These items may be taken into the secure area of the airport as long as each individual container is no more than 3.4 fluid ounces or 100 milliliters. They must also fit into a quart-size, zip-top clear plastic bag.


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