Bratislava airport with tougher security rules as of November 6

BRATISLAVA'S M. R. Štefánik airport is set to adopt new security rules for passenger checks as of November 6.

The new rules conform to a directive from the European Commission (EC), which requires stricter checks to reduce the threat of terrorism.

A debate on this issue began in August after police in London thwarted a planned terrorist attack on a number of trans-Atlantic flights, the TASR news agency wrote.

Along with weapons, explosives and chemicals, the list of banned items in hand luggage will also include liquids and gels such as drinks, perfumes, syrups, aerosols, toothpaste and hair gel.

The restrictions will also concern the amount of liquids and gels for personal needs that will be allowed on board aircraft. Containers may hold no more than 100 millilitres and must be wrapped in transparent bags with a capacity of no more than one litre.

The EC is also introducing new rules for electronic devices. Lap-top computers and large electronic appliances, for example, will have to go through individual detector checks, along with passengers' coats and jackets.

In addition, the size of hand luggage will be limited to 56x45x25 centimetres as of March 2007. The only exceptions will be for fragile items such as musical instruments.

Bratislava airport says that it is prepared for the new security measures. Passengers will be given all information required at the airport by staff at the check-in desks.

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