EU and Malaysia Agree on New Arrangement for Purchasing Liquid, Aerosol and Gels (LAGs) Items at KLIA.

KUALA LUMPUR - Passengers travelling to European Union (EU) countries can now enjoy shopping at KL International Airport (KLIA) to the fullest as EU countries now fully accept all Liquid, Gels and Aerosols (LAGs) items in Security Tamper Evident Bags (STEBs) effective May 25, 2010.

Similarly, all LAGs that are packed in STEBs which are purchased at airports from EU countries will also be accepted at KLIA, provided that the STEBs met the specifications set by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). All LAGs purchased at KLIA must be packed in approved STEBs with the official receipt properly displayed inside the bag to serve as satisfactory proof of purchase at KLIA within the preceding 36 hours.

This reciprocal arrangement meant all passengers bound to EU countries can now purchase LAGs at KLIA without any worries of their LAGs being confiscated by security authorities at EU airports.

Previously, LAGs purchased at Malaysian airports are not allowed to be taken into EU countries as there were some differences in LAGs packaging and receipts produced by retail outlets at KLIA. Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad have initiated talks with EU to resolve this issue in ensuring harmonization and a more hassle-free journey for passengers travelling to EU.

Last month, DCA Malaysia received good news from the EU Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission based in Brussels, Belgium indicating EU is satisfied with the level of security performance on the implementation of LAGs ruling at KLIA in their security audit findings of KLIA conducted by their assessors in 2009.

For the record, Malaysia imposed the security control on LAGs effective from May 21, 2007, in which all international passengers departing from or transiting (changing planes) at all international airports i.e KLIA, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Langkawi Airports. This rule also applies to all International-bound passengers departing from Domestic Airports.

The ruling on Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) was implemented pursuant to the ICAO recommendations for the screening of liquids taken on board aircraft issued to all Contracting States on December 11, 2006, soon after the terrorist plot to blow up aircraft bound to USA from London on August 9, 2006 using liquid bomb.