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Carriage of forbidden items onboard

Carriage of forbidden items onboard
Carriage of forbidden items onboard
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Air Vanuatu today announced the results of an investigation following a social media post over the last week-end regarding a traveler amusingly displaying a “machete” or bush knife from his cabin seat while travelling on an ATR72 aircraft.
The Instagram photograph was subsequently identified to have originated from a former American Peace Corps volunteer who travelled on Air Vanuatu in 2012.
Air Vanuatu has consulted with the Peace Corps here in Vanuatu. Mr. Jason Gilbert, Acting Country Director, provided the following statement:
“The Peace Corps requires its volunteers to conduct themselves in a manner reflecting credit on the Peace Corps and the United States, to be sensitive to host country cultural norms, and to exercise common sense and good judgment to promote safety and reduce risks, including while traveling.
Furthermore, Peace Corps’ social media guidelines require that Volunteers posting on social media be respectful of Vanuatu culture, politics, and values.”
“Any violation of Peace Corps policies, as well as any unsatisfactory conduct by a Volunteer, may be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including administrative separation from Peace Corps service.”
The identified volunteer is no longer in Peace Corps Vanuatu service.
Air Vanuatu General Manager Airports Mr. Wotlolan Lobu reiterates that all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements of any kind and any length, whether of metal or other material, knitting needles, and sporting goods, must be packed in your checked luggage. They cannot be carried in your cabin baggage or on your person. If they are, the articles will be removed and not returned.
“It is an offense against Vanuatu civil aviation rules not to declare at check-in and knowingly transport forbidden items in your carry-on luggage. Failure to comply will result in confiscation and legal prosecutions,” says Mr. Lobu.
Under the Vanuatu Civil Aviation Act No. 16 of 1999, passengers are subject to the following penalties:
• 51. Liability for acts endangering safety: 6 months jail or a fine of vt 200,000
• 53. Dangerous activity involving aircraft, aeronautical product, or aviation related service: 12 months jail or a fine of vt 800,000
• 70. Security area offences: 3 months jail or a fine of vt 100,000
As part of the upgrade work in the three major domestic terminals of Port-Vila, Santo and Tanna,
Airports Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) will be installing baggage and passenger screening facilities. Until such time, Air Vanuatu requires all passengers to observe the aviation instructions across its entire domestic network for the safety of all passengers and crew onboard.