A bit of good news for commuters on the go.
Amid Metro Manila’s trains banning bottled drinks inside the train, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 clarified yesterday the types of liquids that are allowed.
Those on the list can be brought inside their train stations as long as they have proper validation and approval from security personnel and police officers.
The list includes:
- Baby formula or breast milk in bottles, if the passenger is traveling with a baby or small child
- Drinking water to be used by the baby or small child
- All prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Liquids including water, juice or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with disabilities or life 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 cosmetics reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetics breast, 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
Items that were previously prohibited and confiscated by security over the past few days will be returned to the owner after presenting appropriate identification to the station’s supervisor, the statement added.
Bottled drinks, water, and other liquids not included on the MRT-3’s list are still banned.
Meanwhile, the Light Rail Transit (LRT) also told Coconuts Manila through a Facebook message that bottled drinks are still banned from their trains and stations, with the exception of infant nutrition and medicines.
“If you have drinks stored in a tumbler, please finish the drink before going to the station,” the LRT management added.
Metro Manila’s train lines banned commuters from bringing bottled drinks to their stations last week after the recent bombings in Mindanao sparked heightened alert nationwide. Bottled liquids are banned as they can be used as “liquid bombs.”
The train lines said that the new rule was established after a directive from the Philippine National Police (PNP).