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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Flyers Face Liquids Ban This Month

Airline passengers could be forbidden from taking liquids on board Russian flights by the end of the month, RIA-Novosti reported Friday.

"We expect the Justice Ministry to register the decree restricting all liquids carried in passenger hand luggage next week," said Azat Zaripov, acting head of Aeroflot's service for aviation safety.

The Transportation Ministry submitted a regulation to the Justice Ministry in May to ban liquid containers of more than 100 milliliters from hand luggage, and it expects the limit to be enforced by the end of this month, Transportation Ministry spokesman Timur Khikmatov said.

International airline companies have already banned water bottles, aerosol cans or any alcohol not purchased in duty-free from being taken on flights.

The European Union adopted stringent security measures in November after British police uncovered a terrorist plot to carry liquid explosives onto a British Airways trans-Atlantic flight for detonation on board.

Zaripov also called for fines for drunken behavior and smoking in toilets on planes to be increased, RIA-Novosti reported.

"Currently, the maximum penalty for breaching these regulations ... is only 500 rubles," he said.

He added that fines in Europe for drunken behavior and smoking on flights was $3,000, while Australian authorities hand out fines of $4,800.