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Genoa makes special airport waiver for famed pesto sauce

Genoa makes special airport waiver for famed pesto sauce”

Though tourists will naturally be thrilled at the prospect of bringing back an authentic jar of pesto home, so will locals from Liguria living overseas, who have reportedly been particularly appreciative of the new scheme.

To make the most of the new rules, however, passengers must make a donation of 50 cents or more to a charity that airlifts sick children to hospitals. Travelers giving donations will get a special sticker to put on their jar of pesto.

Aside from the money raised for Flying Angels, airport spokesman Nur El Gawohary told the Independent the initiative has also shifted the workload for security officers.

There are a few rules.

Genoa's Cristforo Colombo Airport has been waiving the 100-milliter limit on liquids as long as it's Genovese pesto as part of the "Il pesto è buono" campaign, which launched June 1. Once the pesto has been scanned by an X-ray machine, passengers can carry it on board.

Airport officials say the idea came to them after having seized hundred of jars of pesto from travelers trying to take a little taste of Genoa back with them.

"Every year we were confiscating hundreds of pesto jars at security control, and throwing them away", El Gawohary said. "A waste of food and an annoyance to our passengers". According to the airport, Genoese travelling out of Italy are delighted to find they can take the much-loved foodstuff along.



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