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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, August 11) – All carry-on baggage for U.S.-bound flights will receive a complete hand search just before passengers board their planes at the Tahiti-Faa'a International Airport, the French Civil Aviation Office announced Friday.

The purpose of the 100% hand search of carry-on baggage is to make sure passengers are not carrying any of the prohibited objects announced on Thursday following the foiled terrorist airline plot in London.

Civil Aviation announced on Thursday that all U.S.-bound passengers leaving Tahiti are prohibited from transporting in their carry-on luggage nearly all liquid products, hair gels, creams and pastes regardless of the size of their containers. Such prohibited products include drinks, shampoo, suntan lotion or cream, shaving cream and toothpaste. All such products must be packed in passengers' check-in baggage.

The only necessary products that passengers may bring aboard in their carry-on baggage are milk and juice for an accompanying baby or young child and insulin or all other prescribed medication, providing the passenger has a doctor's prescription for the medication made out for the same name as what appears in the passenger's passport.

All products prohibited as carry-on items that are purchased in duty free shops or other facilities once passengers have cleared immigration and customs and have entered the Tahiti airport's boarding lounge area must be consumed or left behind before boarding U.S.-bound flights, Civil Aviation said.

The Civil Aviation Office also asked Tahiti's U.S.-bound airline passengers to limit their carry-on baggage to the absolute minimum, always respecting the standard limitation of one piece of carry-on baggage per person.

August 14, 2006

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