ICAO STEB Security Bags
ICAO STEB Security Bags were introduced in 2006 when terrorist plots to sabotage aircraft in-flight and airport duty free LAGs (Liquids, Aerosols and Gels.) To carry hazardous ingredients to be used as Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs) The security bags provide airports, airlines and ground operations volumetric controls to prevent future terror plots from happening again.
Security tamper-evident bags (STEBs) were developed to allow an exemption to volumetric controls for LAGs purchased at airport retailers or on-board aircraft and carried by transfer passengers. Details concerning their production, of particular interest to potential suppliers, are available on the linked pages.
ICAO STEB Security Bag Applications
- Duty Free Shops
- Airport retailers
- Aircraft operators
- Air travel
- Inflight sales
Definition of LAGs
Where all documentation refers to the term LAGs, they are referring to Liquids, Aerosols and Gels that you purchase from the retail shops at airport duty-free zones. LAG restrictions are also applicable but not limited to: water and other drinks, soups, syrups, jams, stews, sauces and pastes; foods in sauces or containing a high liquid content; creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils; perfumes; sprays; gels including hair and shower gels; contents of pressurized containers (e.g. aerosols), including shaving foam, other foam and deodorants; pastes including toothpaste; liquid-solid mixtures; mascara; lip gloss or lip balm; and any items of similar consistency at room temperature.
ICAO STEBs Specs
Material to be used:
– transparent (high impact low density polyethylene (LDPE) or equivalent); – recyclable and environment-friendly products if possible; and – minimum of 50 microns thickness.
On the top face (front) of the STEB
– red tamper evident tape (minimum 30 mm tape with 40 mm release liner); – high tack pressure sensitive self-adhesive; and – integral security device/hidden graphic to show if tampered with.
– side and bottom weld be no less than 15 mm width in red; and – printed border of minimum 5 mm with “DO NOT OPEN”, airport name, or any other continuous message or design which may bleed over the edge of the bag. (Optional – integral security device/hidden graphic to show if borders are tampered with.)
– security sign in green happy face in the middle of the security box, and the diameter of happy face should be no less than 1/3 width of bag; – box in red at bottom stating “Do not open until final destination – contents may be confiscated if bag is tampered with”.
– Receipt space (or jacket, optional) inside the bag visible in the top left of the security box. The receipt should contain the following information: a) date of purchase (dd/mm/yy or dd/mm/yyyy); b) place of purchase (State, airport, airline) using international codes; c) flight number(s) and name of passenger, if possible; and d) number and list of items purchased and placed in the STEB.
Origin of the bag:
– State three-letter code to determine the State of origin where the STEB was provided to the passenger or airline international code (for duty free sales on board) to determine the origin of the STEB; – Manufacturer name (in full pending ICAO’s registration number); and – Inventory code and security code or device to protect STEB at retailers and shops.
On the back face of the bag:
– Individual airport/retailers/other branding or logos.