Wednesday, June 10, 2020

IAAI seeks clarity from aviation bodies on carrying alcohol-based hand sanitizers on board

Mumbai: At a time when the aviation industry has started limping back to normalcy with the resumption of domestic flights, experts point out to the urgent need of clear policy directives on the carriage of dangerous goods to ensure compliance and safety of aircraft with the Indian government allowing passengers to carry 350 ml of alcohol-based hand sanitizers on-board due to ambiguity in defining its chemical composition.

According to Biji Eapen, President, IAAI, there are serious security risks in allowing each passenger to carry alcohol-based hand sanitizers without any regulated guidelines on the chemical composition and characteristic properties. In the Indian scenario, several manufacturers and vendors in India are selling hand sanitizers containing ethanol or isopropyl alcohol with 60-95% in volume due to the lack of appropriate regulatory control by government authorities. The flashpoint of a flammable liquid may be altered by the presence of an impurity, wherein, chemical combination and percentage of volume determine the vulnerability of the product. And chemical engineers said that the frequent use of sanitizers inside the flight will increase the vapour concentration of inflammable alcohol posing a high risk, Eapen said.

Raising a red flag on the lapses in the Dangerous Goods Regulations guidelines, Eapen has approached the Indian aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Civil Aviation as well the international aviation body of IATA (International Air Transport Association) Safety & Standards. He is waiting to hear from them.
10/06/20 TravelBiz
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