With me becoming an aviation enthusiast and AirBerlin becoming insolvent, my mom has gone on a hunt for deals on what I can best describe as AirBerlin merch (old uniforms, shirts, skirts, belts and many more).

In one of the packets that arrived recently she found items that neither her nor I knew the purpose of.

They are about 2cm * 2cm, yellow, have some kind of number on them and on most of them was the writing "Air-Berlin SEALED" or "airberlin group SEALED" and an engraved "PULL". It also looks like you can break off and bend a part in the plastic to the back and clip it there.

Below is a picture I took of a few of these:

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Galley seal. It works like a cable tie, you can put one end inside a hole on the main body but you can't pull it out without destroying the seal.

The cabin crew will seal the galley carts containing alcohol and other duty-free items before landing and note the seal numbers in their report. This is required by law in a lot of countries.

  • $\begingroup$ That makes sense! Do you have an image of one of these in their designated place by any chance? $\endgroup$ Commented May 21, 2019 at 10:27
  • $\begingroup$ @geisterfurz007 Admittedly, this is not from AirBerlin, but in this picture you can see a seal on a cart. Different airlines use different seals, naturally. $\endgroup$
    – Aleks G
    Commented May 21, 2019 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ Oh yeah, I meant galley seals in general, not only AirBerlin; thanks for the picture! $\endgroup$ Commented May 21, 2019 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ Do you know any way to find more information about the laws that require this? Keywords to search with or case numbers etc $\endgroup$
    – cat
    Commented May 21, 2019 at 19:26
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    $\begingroup$ @cat seals like this aren't limited to the drinks cart on airlines - basically, any inventoried/counted stuff left in a rack/tray/etc. could use it. Hospital I worked at we used them all the time on crash carts to ensure everything was there and proper, to close/seal/latch large tubs of equipment to designate them as being "clean and ready for patient use", etc. They basically provide an easy accounting/control method that has something almost like an audit trail on it... $\endgroup$
    – ivanivan
    Commented May 21, 2019 at 21:30

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