By Nam Hyun-woo
From next year, air travelers using Korean airports can carry nail clippers, long umbrellas, bottle openers and some other previously prohibited items into the cabin.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Thursday it will use a revised list of restricted items for outbound travelers from 2014.
In the new list, daily commodities believed less threatening to the safety and security of the traveling public will be allowed in the cabin.
Hiking sticks, glue, butter and plastic knives, electric and disposable razors, needles for medical injections, and sewing needles will be permitted in carry-on luggage.
Scissors, which have been subject to confusing regulations, are allowed on board only if the blades are shorter than 6 centimeters.
Swords must be loaded as cargo after being sheathed and securely wrapped.
The current regulations on liquids remain ― up to a 100-milliliter container wrapped in a transparent plastic zipper bag per person.
All firearms, including flare guns, BB guns and starter pistols, must be carried as checked baggage after being declared to security. Ammunition also needs a prior declaration.
All explosive materials are prohibited in aircraft, regardless of their type.
The ministry said it will promote the new list via brochures at airports before the end of the year.