Extra hand-luggage checks from tomorrow

From tomorrow, 1 March, travellers to and from all Spanish airports including those in the Canaries will have to expect further inspections of hand luggage to comply with Spain’s adoption of EU directive 2015/187. This requires Aena to impose controls for trace explosives throughout its network, and any electrical items, including irons, hair dryers, cameras and any battery-operated objects including toys will be subject to specific inspection. Aena network director Fernando Echegaray said that the new regulations will “improve defences against the threat of improvised devices hidden in hand luggage, and are the result of recent data concerning new ways that explosives can be hidden in hand luggage. The new measures have no impact on rules about carrying liquids over 100ml in hand luggage in EU airports, which remain in place.

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