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Genoa exempts pesto from airport liquids ban

The Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special airport waivers for those who cannot get enough of the basil and pine nut pasta sauce.

Genoa's airport is letting travellers take as much as 500g of pesto in their carry-on luggage, exempting them from the 100ml rule for liquids in carry-on baggage.

In return, passengers must make a donation of 50 cents or more to a charity that airlifts sick children to hospital.

The airport said some 500 euros (£438) had been raised in the first 20 days of the initiative, which was inspired by the anguish of having to confiscate so many jars of pesto from foodies trying to get them through security.



From Belfast Telegraph