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Christmas Travel Advice from Dublin Airport

December 19 2008

With more than 830,000 passengers expected to travel through Dublin Airport over the course of the Christmas season, from Saturday 20th December ’08 to Sunday 4th January ‘09, the Dublin Airport Authority(DAA) has the following guidelines for passengers travelling this Christmas season:

1. GET TO KNOW THE EU AVIATION SECURITY REGULATIONS
The DAA is urging passengers to familiarise themselves with the EU Aviation Security regulations before travelling to the airport.  Passengers are reminded that they cannot bring bottles/perfume gift sets/
specially packed bottles of wine or spirits etc. in hand luggage in containers measuring more than 100mls. Detailed advice on www.dublinairport.com

2. REMOVE ALL SHARP OBJECTS FROM HAND LUGGAGE
Passengers are also reminded not to carry sharp objects in their hand-luggage, such as, scissors, nail files, blades, cork screws, cutlery or other sharp objects of any description.   These objects should be packed into luggage, which will then be check-in to the aircraft baggage hold. Christmas Crackers may be brought through the passenger security screening area provided the novelty gifts inside are not sharp/prohibited items.

3. DON'T WRAP THAT PRESENT
If you are planning to bring Christmas gifts by air this festive season Dublin Airport is asking passengers not to gift wrap presents.

A Dublin Airport spokesperson said "Many passengers take a lot of care and time to wrap Christmas gifts for family and friends overseas, we would ask them not to wrap these gifts so that they are not disappointed if they are requested to open these packages at the passenger screening area."

4. SPECIAL ADVICE FOR PASSENGERS USING WEB CHECK-IN
Passengers who have used web check-in should give themselves sufficient time to arrive at the airport in order to clear security screening so that they arrive at their boarding gate on time.

A spokesperson for the DAA said “We have noticed that passengers using web check-in are leaving it to the last minute to arrive at the airport, clear security screening to be at their boarding gate in sufficient time thereby risking the possibility of missing their flight.

“In addition it is important that passengers adhere to the on board hand baggage allowance stipulated by their airline” the spokesperson added.

5. ROAD TRAFFIC
Finally, passengers travelling this Christmas season are also advised to allow themselves extra time to get to the airport in the event of road congestion to ensure they comply with check-in and airport security regulations.

While the DAA will have additional Customer Care staff on duty over the Christmas season to ensure passengers have an efficient and smooth journey through the airport, a spokesperson for the DAA said, "We are urging passengers to familiarise themselves with the EU aviation security regulations BEFORE coming to the airport so that security searches are kept to a minimum. 

"Saturday 20th December is expected to be the busiest day before Christmas and Saturday 27th December is expected to be the busiest day after Christmas particularly with passengers heading to skiing destinations" the spokesperson added.

Once again the airport and terminal building has been decorated to give a special atmosphere to the airport over this festive season and many local schools have been singing carols this week providing a true ‘Cead Mile Failte’ to the many people coming home for the Christmas Holidays.

Ends
19th December, 2008
Further information contact: Siobhán Moore – 087.2710065



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