This Airport will let you Board with more than 100ml in Carryon

In Genoa, a beautiful city in the Northwest of Italy, not a lot of people are really concerned about terrorism. Nor should they be.

In what’s probably one of the first places to somewhat relax the 100ml regulation on liquids allowed to be brought into the cabin, the Genoa Airport has decided to lift the restriction for one of their main locally produced staples. Pesto genovese. This comes at the same time other countries in the world are tightening their security restrictions even more.

Pesto genovese

Pesto genovese

Any passenger on flights departing Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) in Genoa will be allowed to board the plane with jars of pesto exceeding the normal amounts for carryon bags, and the best thing is that anyone who chooses to do so will also be contributing to a cause.

How does this work? Rules are very simple. For a small donation of at least 0.50 euro towards the Flying Angels Onlus Foundation, passengers will get a sticker on their pesto jars reading ‘il pesto è buono’ (pesto is good) as long as their jars do not exceed 500 grams, and a maximum diameter of 15cm by 20cm in height. Once the stickers are granted, passengers can go through airport security with them, although they must be put in a bin for airport security screeners to inspect them. After security personnel have OK’ed the pesto, passengers are free to get to their destination pesto in hand.

The Flying Angels Foundation works toward bridging the distance between a sick child and their treatment. This includes flying kids to a specialized hospital that will better treat them, performing medical evacuations if their condition is emergent, and also flying a specialized medical team or equipment to kids in developing countries where medical assistance is not readily available.

This is, of course, an attempt to promote Genoa’s most important local product and allow people to fly back home with it if it’s a direct flight, and I think it’s a brilliant idea to pair it with a great cause too. Of course one has to keep in mind that, when connecting to a different flight, that pesto will have to make its way into checked luggage as other airports will not honor the flexible requirement for pesto genovese. It is worth mentioning that this also applies strictly to pesto genovese and not other kinds of pesto, so if you were trying to go with the cheaper Walmart version of it… it won’t fly. Literally.


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Author: Ben Nickel-D'Andrea

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