More than 1.2m items confiscated at Changi Airport between January and September

Between January and September this year, travellers had to surrender 113 hoverboards and electric scooters.
Between January and September this year, travellers had to surrender 113 hoverboards and electric scooters.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Pack it right or risk having your items confiscated at Changi Airport.

Between January and September this year, travellers had to surrender 113 hoverboards and electric scooters which pose a fire risk, as well as more than 142,000 other prohibited items like scissors and pepper spray canisters.

Another 1.13 million items containing liquids, gels and aerosols, like perfumes and make-up that were not packed properly - about 126,000 a month - were also confiscated.

The number is higher than last year's monthly average of about 113,000 items.

With the year-end holidays round the corner, efforts are being stepped up to ensure travellers at Changi Airport know what they can and cannot bring on flights.

A total of 1.3 million brochures have been printed and will be distributed to households in the next two weeks, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said.

A similar run was done last year. This time, the brochures have been printed in four different languages to reach a wider audience, the authority said.

For the first time, the CAAS is also working with 20 hotels to disseminate the brochures to foreign visitors.

For flight and public safety, there is a need to increase awareness among the travelling public, and seek their cooperation to "pack it right for their flight", said the CAAS.

Director for airworthiness and flight operations, Mr Tan Kah Han, said: "Over the past two years, CAAS has been stepping up our outreach efforts... Continuous education is essential to ensure that all travellers are informed of the dos and don'ts."

Recent incidents, such as the fire risk of lithium batteries in Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones and hoverboards, are some examples of why people need to be aware of what the dangers are in bringing seemingly harmless items on board an aircraft, the authority said.

Apart from lithium batteries that power mobile phones, laptops and other gadgets, the focus is also on other potentially dangerous items such as make-up and perfumes.

To carry such liquids, aerosols and gels in hand luggage, the items must be kept in containers of not more than 100ml each.

All the items must be placed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 litre.

Marketing agent Elaine Ting, 28, said: "The rules can be quite confusing so I usually check with the airline if I'm not sure. It's better to do that than to have your things taken away."