Bottled-up emotions: Netizens slam liquids ban in train stations

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Bottled-up emotions: Netizens slam liquids ban in train stations
'Are tears banned too?' an irate netizen asks Metro Manila's train officials


MANILA, Philippines – Netizens have slammed the new policy banning bottled liquids inside train stations, calling some of its provisions unreasonable.

The managements of Metro Manila’s railway lines announced the ban on January 29, following a directive from the Philippine National Police (PNP)  as part of the government’s security measures after the bombings in Jolo and Zamboanga City.

The ban covers Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2, Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3), and the Philippine National Railways. 

The implementation of the ban surprised commuters, as security guards started barring individuals found bringing not just water bottles but also perfume, cologne, and even lotion. 

Netizens complained about the lack of guidelines on the specific liquids not allowed in the train.

Meanwhile, the Light Rail Manila Corporation, operator of LRT1, advised passengers to empty their tumblers before entering the station. 

In its official Twitter page, the Light Rail Transit Authority, operator of LRT2, responded to a tweet, saying that even “mini-alcohol, sanitizers, and solutions to contact lenses are prohibited” inside the station. 

Such statements only fueled train riders’ concerns.








Some netizens also pointed out the wastefulness of having to throw away beverages, as well as losing bottles of perfumes and other cosmetic items packaged as liquids.  




Netizens also complained about the delays caused by the overly thorough bag inspection at station gates.




There were some netizens who chose to see and understand the reason behind the liquid ban, and went on to help explain the need for such measures.





Despite criticism of the policy, the management of these railway transit systems still firmly maintained the protocol as directed by the PNP and appealed to the public for understanding.

On Thursday, February 7, MRT3 released an official list of liquid items that are allowed on board trains upon the validation and approval of their security personnel.


Train officials have not set a date on the end of the liquid ban. –

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