I found something new in my work station today. A small “standee” is placed on top of every check-in counters with a signage of Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for passengers’ travelling.
Dangerous goods are anything – could be a materials, solids, liquids and gasses which, if not properly controlled or if misuse could hurt or harm human, property or environment.
The DGR card mentioned specifically the carriage of lithium battery. Spare lithium batteries (e.g power banks,) lithium battery contained in personal electronic device (e.g underwater lamp) and personal transportation device such as hover board, mini-segway, etc) which is more than 160wh or more than 8g lithium content are not allowed to carry on board nor check-in due to the danger they pose, the cell inside the battery may create short-circuit or overheat that spark off a small fire that may lead to a bigger one.
However, portable electronic devices that contain lithium batteries such as ipads, laptops and smart devices are allowed in checked-in and hand carry luggage.
Other spare non lithium batteries can be hand carry provided that it is in the original packaging or place in its own protective case. If not, should tape or cover the battery’s side metal parts (terminals) to protect it from short-circuit or damage.
Aside of batteries, the DGR card also shows some prohibited items that are not also allowed to check-in or carry on board such as flammable liquids, oxidizing materials, electro shock weapon, poison, infectious substance & etc.
If passengers failed to declare dangerous goods/prohibited items, it may result in civil or criminal penalties.
One thing i found the new “standee” good is the “notice” on top of the DGR card which says
“This area is monitored by surveillance cameras with video and audio recording for safety, security and quality control purposes.”
Sometimes we face very arrogant and rude passengers. If we cannot give aisle seat, seat together, spare seat, baggage excess and etc. they will shout on our face, point fingers at us, curse and some may even hurt the staff physically ( but thank God I have not encountered one yet). And the funny thing some passengers lie, create stories and warn us to see them in court.
So I think the “notice” is very good. Both passengers and staff may become very careful on how we act or what we say. This could be used for evidence, for any legal matters.
Be safe & secure. Don’t pack dangerous goods when you travel. Always follow the guidelines and be kind.