This item is now allowed through airport security in hand luggage… in Italy
The rules around airport security can be confusing depending on the destination.
Even food can be a complicated matter, with items such as jam and marmite surprisingly banned.
However, one popular food item has now been allowed for any travellers wanting to bring a taste of the country home.
Sadly, it is only allowed in Italy at the moment.
A jar of 500ml of pesto is now allowed in travellers hand luggage when leaving Genoa airport.
Based in the north-west of Italy, Genoa is the hometown of pesto, which is usually made up of pine nuts, parmesan, garlic and olive oil.
Travellers must buy a special stamp costing 50 cents (45p) to be allowed to take it with them.
The money from the stamp then goes to the Flying Angels charity that helps sick chicken, which has raised over €500 in the first twenty days of the announcement.
Jars of pesto are now allowed through airport security up to 500ml in Genoa, home to the sauce
The pesto taken must also be genuine pesto from the region, or “Pesto Genovese” as opposed to cheap versions bought from a food store.
They have called the project “Il Pesto e Buono” which translates to “Pesto is Good”.
The airport made the decision to change the laws due to the huge amounts of pesto jars that were being thrown at customs ever year.
According to reports, around 500 jars were taken every three months from travellers.
The popular sauce is allowed through airport security, if paying a 45p stamp charge for charity
Every year we were confiscating hundreds of pesto jars at security control, and throwing them away
El Gawohary, press officer, stated: “Every year we were confiscating hundreds of pesto jars at security control, and throwing them away. It was a waste of food and an annoyance for our passengers.
“So we started to think about how we could allow people travelling with hand baggage only to take pesto with them.”
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