MIA chosen for European Commission Pilot Project on Liquids Screening

Malta International Airport has been selected by the European Commission to participate in a Pilot Project for the screening of Liquids, Aerosols, and Gels (LAGs).

Testing exercises for this pilot project will be conducted randomly throughout May and June 2016. This means passengers should still follow standard security procedures at all times.

Through this project Malta International Airport is contributing towards enhancing the passenger experience for travellers within the EU. The key participant airports for this project are Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Budapest International Airport, Alicante International Airport, Dublin International Airport, and Malta International Airport.

The airport team has already conducted some initial trials, to establish the ideal testing environment. With the technology and equipment now available for LAGs to be screened, MIA’s security team will be determining best practices for this new screening procedure whilst maintaining the requirements of the current EU legislation. The results from the participant airports will be analysed by the European Commission, with a view to implement new guidelines on LAGs.

When this exercise is taking place, passengers who may, in special circumstances, be carrying LAGs of more than 100ml will be subjected to further screening.

Malta International Airport would like to thank passengers for their cooperation and understanding.

Current EU security screening regulations regarding LAGs

  • Non-medical/non-special dietary liquids aerosols and gels may only be carried in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less;
  • These must all be carried in a 1 litre transparent re-sealable bag and presented to the security officers at the routine security check.
  • Liquids, aerosols or gels over 100ml which do not fall under the category of medicines or special dietary products other than duty free in Security Tamper Evident Bags (STEBS), or which are non-declared may be confiscated by security personnel.