Manchester airport warns fliers about gift-wrap

Published on : Friday, December 18, 2015

Manchester airportPassengers flying during the Christmas period have been warned not to wrap their gifts before they carry their luggage through airport security.

 

Those with packaged gifts before reaching their destination could find their good work undone as security officers may have to unwrap and inspect the gifts. Officers are on the look-out for prohibited items as they prepare for huge Christmas crowds in history.

 

The warning has been issued by Manchester Airport.

 

This month, terminal security will confiscate more items than at any other time of year – a process which also creates longer queues. The most commonly-seized items include perfume, aftershave, make-up and bottles of champagne, which are prohibited under the liquid restrictions rule.

 

However, cranberry sauce, brandy butter and snow globes are also on the black list as they count as liquids. Most airlines have imposed a strict ban of Christmas crackers in hand luggage – although a small number do allow one box per passenger, so it’s best to check before you fly.

 

Describing the airport’s festive flyaway operation, Andrew Proudlove, head of security at Manchester Airport, said: “Winter weather fashion has a surprisingly big impact on airport security, slowing down the screening process and causing avoidable extra waiting times, which is why we are issuing this advice.

 

“We dislike queues just as much as anyone else – and we certainly don’t want to ruin anyone’s Christmas by confiscating prohibited gifts.”

 

From Christmas Eve to January 1, more than 400,000 passengers will travel through the hub – around 45,000 a day – with the busiest days expected to be December 18, 20 and 21.

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