MANILA, JUNE 27, 2007
(STAR) Passengers will now be allowed to carry gels, aerosols and liquids not exceeding 100 milliliters aboard commercial aircraft starting Aug. 1.

General Manager Alfonso Cusi of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the new policy will be implemented in accordance with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

As a result, the MIAA will implement new rules and new security control guidelines, he added.

The ICAO has issued a directive recommending new security control guidelines for the screening of liquids, aerosols and gels effective March 30, 2007.

Liquids, gels, and aerosols should be carried in containers with a volume capacity of not more than 100 milliliters or its equivalent in other volumetric measurement, according to the ICAO.

The ICAO said containers must be placed in a transparent reusable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one liter.

Plastic bags that would be used should be presented for visual examination at the screening point and only one transparent bag per passenger will be permitted, the ICAO added. Ė Michael Punongbayan, Ding Cervantes

PAL to spend $50M for reconfiguration of 4 jumbo jets By Marianne V. Go Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will spend $50 million to reconfigure its four Boeing 747 planes starting next year.

PAL president Jaime Bautista said the reconfiguration would involve the elimination of the first class section and expansion of the business and economy sections.

This, he said, is in line with the global trend of concentrating more on the business traveler and, doing away with the first class section. Likewise, the economy section would be upgraded so that each seat would have more space and would have its own entertainment audio-video screen with on-demand movies, taped television shows and video games.

The number of seats in the business class section, Bautista said, would be increased from the current 30 in the 747sí bubble top to 42. At present, Bautista said, there are 18 first class seats, 30 business class seats and 383 economy seats. The former first class section at the front would be reconfigured to business class along with the existing business class section at the bubble top.

According to Bautista, the business class section will be installed with new cocoon type seats to give more privacy to business class travelers.

The reconfiguration is scheduled to start in March 2008 and will be completed over a one year period for all four 747s.

The reconfiguration, Bautista said, would be timed with the regular six-year D-check of the 747 which involves heavy maintenance and overhaul work. It would be scheduled after PALís peak season.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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