Caribbean Airlines, T&T, Guyana officials work out duty free issue

June 21, 2016

Officials of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the Chairman and Executive Management of Caribbean Airlines and representatives from the Civil Aviation Authorities of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago met in Guyana today to explore solutions to the issue currently affecting transit

passengers who purchase duty free items.

The duty free issue arose as Caribbean Airlines is an international air carrier, and must comply with all regulatory directives of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which governs the security processes and conducts audits for all carriers flying into the United States of America.

After detailed discussions to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are met, the teams agreed on a way forward, which would enable transit passengers to once again purchase duty free items, effective Wednesday June 22.

Travelers through a secure process will now be allowed to place their duty free items into their checked luggage.

This procedure will NOT apply to BW 526, which operates non?]stop Georgetown to New

The details of the process are as follows:

. Passengers will be required to indicate their intention to purchase duty free items at the security checkpoint at the entrance to the airport, and again at the Caribbean Airlines check?]in counter before making their way to the duty?]free shops.

. Once the purchases are made, the purchaser will be escorted by security personnel to the baggage area in order to place the items in their checked luggage.

. The process will be closely supervised by security and airport personnel and will be conducted in the full view of cameras.

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