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McDonald calls for passengers to be allowed bring liquids on aircraft

5 September, 2007


Following the European Parliament vote on liquids in aircraft, Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald said, "Security measures need to be both efficient and effective. The EU regulation on liquids being introduced into aircraft is neither."

Ms McDonald said today, "Anyone who has been in an Irish airport lately knows only too well the chaos caused by the security measures in place. Most airline passengers just grin and bear it because the safety of passengers and airlines is paramount.

"However, security measures need to be both efficient and effective. The EU regulation on liquids being introduced into aircraft is neither. It complicates the lives of the travelling public, as well as costing hard cash when toiletries or other liquids are confiscated.

"Following today's vote the European Commission must either bring forward conclusive facts to demonstrate that the liquid ban is necessary and proportionate, or it should repeal the regulation."

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