I took the MRT last week and was surprised to see long lines of passengers (ladies mostly) waiting for their turn to surrender the bottled liquids in their bags. I realized then that the MRT has truly implemented its stern policy against bringing liquid (all kinds!) inside the trains. I wanted to make a u-turn and just try my luck hailing a taxi but I was already running late so with a broken heart, I opened my bag and let the lady guard take my cologne and small lotion bottle.
Among the passengers, was a young mother who had with her a bag filled with baby stuff, including 2 feeding bottles half-filled with water. Her husband was with her, carrying their baby and they both pleaded with the lady guard to let them take their liquids. The guard let them but not without taking the mom’s lotion which she insisted was for her baby – it was an expensive bottle of Aveeno.
I heard from the other passengers that the MRT has released a list of liquids that can be permitted inside its stations. I did a research and am sharing this with all of you now, so you do not play tug-of-war with MRT guards when you find yourself lined up at an MRT station.
- Baby formula/breast milk in bottles.
This is only applicable if the mother passenger is traveling with the baby or child. Otherwise, even the baby formula will have to be surrendered before you are permitted to enter the station.
- Drinking water to be used by the baby or child.
Again, the child must be with the passenger in order for the liquids to be permitted inside the station.
- All prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with disabilities or health conditions.
- Life support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs.
- Items used to augment the body and for medical and cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras, or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids.
- Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medical-related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.
We all know that the reason the MRT has implemented such strict rules is to ensure the safety of its passengers, following the recent explosions that happened in Mindanao. This is for our safety and so our cooperation is needed in order for the plan to work.
It may be inconvenient for most of us at this time but I personally think that the benefits far outweigh the cost of not carrying your favorite cologne whenever you take the MRT.
Let us know your thoughts.