Thursday 26 April 2018

Dublin Airport warns passengers not to wrap Christmas presents

Christmas travel tips

Don't wrap your Christmas presents if carrying them through security, Dublin Airport says.
Don't wrap your Christmas presents if carrying them through security, Dublin Airport says.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Dublin Airport is preparing for its busiest ever Christmas, with almost one million passengers expected over the festive season.

From Friday, December 23 to Friday, January 6, 2017 some 978,000 people will travel through the country's largest airport., it says.

The figure is an 8pc rise on the same period in 2015.

Once again, passengers taking presents through security are being advised not to wrap them - as they may be requested to open the gifts.

"Many passengers take a lot of care and time to wrap Christmas gifts for family and friends overseas," said Dublin Airport’s Siobhan O’Donnell.

"We would ask them not to wrap these gifts, otherwise they may be disappointed if they are requested to open them at the passenger security screening area,"

Wrapped presents can be transported in hold luggage, however.

Despite the crowds, the airport can be a magical place at this time of year, and Dublin has already seen a number of marriage proposals, lots of fun costumes, and grandparents meeting grandchildren for the first time, O'Donnell added.

Some 30 musical groups will be serenading passengers over the Christmas season, with the airport now hosting over 100 Christmas trees, she says.

RTE's Ryan Tubridy and 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott will broadcast their radio shows live from the airport on Friday, December 23 from 9am and 4pm.

The airport issued the following tips for festive travellers:

1. Check your terminal

Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways, Emirates and all American carriers operate from Terminal 2 while all other airlines operate from Terminal 1.

2. Don't wrap your presents!

If you are planning to bring Christmas gifts by air this festive season Dublin Airport is asking passengers not to gift wrap presents.

3. Remember the 100ml rule

The EU aviation liquid regulations are still in place, so passengers are reminded to pack gifts in bottles or containers measuring more than 100ml into their checked luggage. Details can be found on dublinairport.com.  

4. Remove sharp objects from hand luggage

Passengers are also reminded not to carry sharp objects in their hand-luggage - such as scissors, nail files, blades, corkscrews, cutlery or other sharp objects of any description. These objects should be packed into checked in luggage. 

Christmas crackers may be brought through the passenger security screening area provided the novelty gifts inside are not sharp/prohibited items.

5. Check-in on time

Passengers should plan to arrive in the terminal building at least 90 minutes before their flight irrespective of whether they are checking in online or at the airport. Passengers flying long-haul are advised to consult their airline's website for check-in times.

6. Allow for road traffic

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

Dublin Airport is expected to announce 2016 as its busiest ever year.

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