New EU rules: no more camembert in your purse

6th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 6, 2006 (AFP) - Hard cheese is OK in your carry-on, but stick that camembert and foie gras in your checked luggage, please.

PARIS, Nov 6, 2006 (AFP) - Hard cheese is OK in your carry-on, but stick that camembert and foie gras in your checked luggage, please.

Such were the instructions being given to passengers leaving France Monday as new EU-wide restrictions on liquids and soft products came into effect to prevent terrorists smuggling explosives on planes.

According to detailed advice given by the Aéroports de Paris managing company that runs the capital's airports, some of France's most favoured comestibles have fallen foul of the new rules.

"As a general rule, any malleable product is forbidden," it said on its website.

"For example, a soft cheese (like camembert) is not allowed in the cabin, (but) a hard cheese (like gruyère) is allowed. Another example: foie gras is not allowed," it said.

But a solution was at hand for passengers who absolutely felt they could not endure a flight without tucking into some French delicacies that tended to the soggy.

The new rules apply only to products packed before the security checks. All duty free purchases at the airports — camembert and canned foie gras included — can be taken on board without a problem.

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Subject: French news

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