Seanad debates

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

5:00 pm

Photo of Cecilia KeaveneyCecilia Keaveney (Fianna Fail)

I thank the Minister. Often people travel during the night and once they get to the second airport, there is a problem when they thought the procedure was clear. Clarity within Europe is important in that a product must be in a sealed bag and there must be a receipt. The difficulty is when people travel outside Europe and do not know that the same rules are not applicable.

Until such time as the exemptions are removed, there should be some effort by the Department of Transport to get the information to travellers. One of the best possible ways is through the Internet, as people can get it when booking flights, or through travel agents. There should be a line stating that if a traveller is going to a certain destination, he or she will not be able to transport liquids. When one gets to the airport, it seems nobody can tell for sure and it is a lottery as to whether a person will be successful in getting products through.

I thank the Minister of State for his response, which was more helpful than he realises. He is now more aware of what I was asking about. Perhaps he will come back on a future date with some more information on the airports we will have agreements with in future. I am concerned with the information issued to potential customers.


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