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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Liquid Rules Arrive at Airlines

Airline passengers will face restrictions on bringing perfume, juice, water and other liquids aboard flights from Aug. 27 as Russia joins the West in cracking down on liquids that could be used in a terrorist attack.

Liquids will only be allowed in transparent plastic containers in quantities of 100 milliliters, with the exception of medicine and baby food, which the passenger may be asked to sample, a decree issued Friday by the Justice Ministry said.

Passengers will be able to carry up to 10 containers on board, but the containers will be taped shut by ground staff for reopening on the plane.

Alcohol will be barred unless it is purchased in the airport waiting area, and a passenger will be required to provide a receipt as proof of purchase. The alcoholic drinks must be placed in the main carry-on luggage, be in their original packaging, and not have an alcohol content of more than 70 percent. Each passenger will be limited to 5 liters.

The rules will apply to domestic and international flights, and anyone who refuses to follow them will not be permitted on board the flight.

"These standards are set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and we expect them to be successful," said a Transportation Ministry spokesman, who declined to give his name.

U.S. and European airlines implemented similar rules after a scare in November that terrorists might detonate liquid explosives during a flight.

Sheremetyevo Airport may experience some teething problems, but everything will be like clockwork once things get settled, airport spokeswoman Anna Zaharinkova said.

Zaharinkova said airport staff expected passengers to be understanding about the measures, especially in light of the bombing of a train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg on Aug. 13. "Russians value their safety as much as Europeans, if not more," she said.

A Domodedovo Airport spokesman said the new rules should not extend check-in times but that the airport would hire extra staff if needed.

Aeroflot could not say whether the alcohol restrictions would affect the prices of drinks on its domestic flights. "That will depend entirely on our suppliers," Aeroflot spokesman Viktor Sokolov said.

The airline started charging a modest fee for alcoholic drinks on its domestic flights in January. Following the lead of other international airlines, it bars passengers from consuming their own alcoholic beverages on board.

Passengers, however, have been known to ignore the rules. Alexei Oleshov, a frequent flier on the Moscow–Arkhangelsk route, said he once flew with a female friend who carried a hamster in her handbag without any trouble. He welcomed the new rules, saying: "They will be annoying because I don't trust the baggage handlers with perfume bottles or expensive alcohol. But if they are for safety, you have to make exceptions."