China to ban air-freighting of dangerous goods during Olympics

June 17th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 17 (Xinhua) China will ban the air-freighting of dangerous goods to Olympic host cities during the Games, the Civil Aviation Administration of the country said. Airlines will be prohibited from carrying explosives for civil use, guns and ammunition to the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Qinhuangdao and Qingdao from July 1 to Sep 30, the administration said in a statement on its website.

Other hazardous materials, with the exception of some items for public health and medical uses, would also be banned, it said.

Flights carrying high-risk chemicals, such as poisonous gas and radioactive substances, to other cities would be inspected and authorized by the administration. The flights with dangerous goods, urgently needed by the state or in disaster relief work would go through the same process and would be recorded, said the statement.

The Chinese government has also banned lighters and matches in carry-on luggage and of late passengers have been asked to remove their shoes during security checks, to ensure aviation security ahead of Olympics.

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