Transportation Department Issues New Hazardous Material Rules for Airline Passengers
The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration updated its rules for hazardous materials. The biennial update simplified a new regulation that advises airline passengers of the dangers of packing hazardous materials in baggage.
The rule requires airlines to post signs in check-in areas at airports, as well as at boarding gates, that warn that substances such as explosives, flammable liquids, and radioactive materials are not allowed.
The rule also requires airlines and travel agents who issue airline tickets to deliver a similar notice “at the point of ticket purchase.”
The new rule originally would have required passengers to acknowledge receipt of the warning prior to the issuance of a ticket or boarding pass both at the time of ticketing as well as at check in. The revised rule allows airlines to provide the notice “with the ticket or ticket receipt, or using another equally suitable method.”
Airlines and others impacted by the rule must comply by January 1, 2015.
The new Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration rules are an attempt to align U.S. hazmat standards with international ones by incorporating changes made by other organizations, including the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency, by reference.
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