As you may or may not be aware, Additional aviation security screening measures are being introduced by the New Zealand government from the 31st March 2007, that will restrict the quantity of Liquids, Aerosols, and Gels permitted to be carried into aircraft cabins of aircraft departing NZ on all international
flights. These measures are intended to replicate the measures imposed by the EU, and also to be aligned with similar rules to be implemented on flights to and from Australia on the same date (31 March 2007).
While this is inconvenient and possibly unnecessary, that's not the point of my post.
Currently, no exemption is being planned for tech or cabin crew.
* all liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers of 100mls or less
* must carry their 100ml containers in a re-sealable transparent plastic bag of 1 litre volume (this is a re-sealable sandwich bag like those available at your local supermarket)
*allowed to carry on one, 1 litre transparent plastic bag
* the plastic bag must be re-sealable and presented separately from all other carry-on baggage at the screening point
This presents a level of inconvenience that is unacceptable for pilots and cabin crew operating into and out of NZ, including foreign airlines, that is not justified given the infinitesimal odds of crew plotting or participating in a terrorist attack. Female crew will be even more inconvenienced than us males.
RIGHT NOW THE POLICY IS BEING FINALISED AND CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO AN EXEMPTION FOR CREW.
We need to make it clear to the NZ Govt that they need to exempt working crew from these security measures.
If you're crew operating into or out of NZ, no matter what airline, please express your thoughts via email to Hon Harry Duynhoven, Minister for Transport Safety at email@example.com.
Thanks to all of you who do.