Foldable umbrellas are a must-have in every CosmoGirl’s travel essentials. Not only does it protect your skin from the harsh sun, but it also serves its purpose to keep you dry when it begins to rain.
If you’re flying out soon, good news! The Office Of Transportation Security (OTS) announced on October 20 that they have eased the policy on carrying foldable umbrellas in airports.
As there are more passengers traveling locally and internationally, the OTS said that there has been an increase in the number of requests for information on transport security policies, particularly on prohibited items.
“The OTS follows the international standard set by [the] International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in identifying items to be prohibited onboard which may aid in committing any acts of unlawful interference against civil aviation. Apart from explosives and deadly weapons, some seemingly innocent everyday items are also banned in airplanes as they pose [a] danger to the security of passengers and the aircraft,” the OTS wrote in a Facebook post.
Among these everyday items are foldable umbrellas that have sharp and pointed components. But with the revision of prohibited items list, the OTS also consulted with airlines and airport operators “where the latter recommended to include umbrellas as a prohibited item.”
While foldable umbrellas can now be included in your carry-on luggage, cane umbrellas are still prohibited.
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