New Security Guidelines at Airports

By: Joe Harrington
By: Joe Harrington

Packing for your next trip on a commercial jetliner may have just gotten easier.

The Transportation Security Administration announced it will allow passengers to carry travel-size toiletry items on planes starting Tuesday, September 26, 2006. The items must fit in a quart-size, zip-seal bag, according to the TSA's Web site.

Liquid items, including drinks, purchased in secure areas will also be allowed.

Steve Pansky, Federal Security Director at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport said the the changes come after a threat assessment revealed "[a] small quantity of items restricted into a one quart container do not pose a risk at this time."

The restrictions on liquids were first instituted August 10, according to the TSA.

"Because I have hair-spray and cosmetics and shampoo, I had to check a bag. And it just takes more time to check and to go and get it on the other end," traveler Sharon Grundy said before the security changes took effect.

Others traveling through the Reno/Tahoe International Airport Monday said they hope the policy changes will reduce time spent going through security screening.

Items more than three ounces will continue to be restricted, Pansky said. The TSA Web site also states: "It is unlikely that further adjustments to the ban on liquids, gels and aerosols will be made in the near future."


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