Macau to ban selfie sticks on flights

21 Feb 2019 by Jackie Chen
Macao skyline

“Selfie”-loving travellers going through Macau’s airport will soon have to wait till they arrive at their destination to take photos.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Macau says it will implement new aviation security requirements starting from March 1, including a ban on passengers carrying selfie sticks longer than 30cm in carry-on baggage.

The ban also hits camera or video recorder tripods and monopods that exceed 30cm after retraction.

Other countries or regions have imposed similar restrictions on the transportation of selfie sticks and camera racks onboard. For example, in Taiwan, camera stands with a diameter of over 1cm and length of over 60cm after folding must be put in checked baggage.

Also starting from next month, Macau will ban passengers from taking lighters and matches on board.

In Mainland China, passengers are not also allowed to carry lighters and matches in carry-on or checked baggage. Macau, along with Hong Kong, is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of China.

Passengers departing from Macau International Airport who want to smoke before boarding can visit the airside smoking room which features newly-installed cigarette lighters.

In Hong Kong, travellers can bring onboard one cigarette lighter or one small box of safety matches for personal use. However, lighter refills, regarded as dangerous goods, are forbidden from taking onboard an aircraft.

To inform passengers about the new requirements, the Macau Civil Aviation Authority is displaying messages on signs and electronic screens in the airport. In addition, it is broadcasting promotional videos in the airport, at other checkpoints and on public buses.

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