An estimated 1.600 passengers to be desinfected today

20-08-2013
British tourists and all fellow air or sea passengers arriving in the Balearics this morning will have to disinfect themselves by walking through a special anti-foot-and-mouth disinfection tray, despite having already disinfected the soles of their shoes on departure. Last night the disinfection campaign was ordered. But while only disinfectant trays have been installed at airports and ports of entry in Portugal, the Spanish airport and air traffic control authority, AENA, is to instruct cleaning staff to regularly disinfect all areas and carpets used by passengers coming from the United Kingdom. The measures will be carried out by airport staff with the full co-operation and support of the Guardia Civil and veterinary staff. The authorities came under increasing pressure from the Majorcan and national farmers unions throughout yesterday as they called for Spain to follow the example set by Portugal and four other European countries, as the European Union tries to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth. In accordance with other new restrictions and preventive measures approved by the government and the Ministry for Agriculture yesterday morning, British airlines arriving in the Balearics from the UK will not be able to dump in-flight catering waste in Spain, especially remains of fresh meat and dairy products which will have to be taken back to the UK

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