WASHINGTON (AP) - Those partially relaxed anti-terror rules are taking effect today at the nation's airports. Things like shampoo and toothpaste may be carried on airliners -- but only travel sizes packed in a quart-size, see-through plastic bag.
Travelers also can buy drinks or other liquids inside airport security checkpoints and carry them on board. The outright ban on such carry-on items was ordered August tenth after an alleged plot to bomb U-S-bound jetliners was foiled.
One passenger at Reagan National Airport in Washington says the restrictions have been "a colossal pain" but a woman traveling through Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport wasn't happy to hear the rules are being eased. She says "You can't have enough security."
Here rae carry-on items banned and permitted in U-S airliners under security rules effective today:
- Liquid and gel toiletries in 3-ounce containers or smaller are allowed if they are in a clear plastic, quart-size or smaller ziplock bag.
- Any amount of eye drops, saline solution, prescription and nonprescription medicine and personal lubricants, which were not
defined, are allowed.
- Larger bottles of liquids and gels from outside - including shampoo, suntan lotion, creams and toothpaste - are allowed only in checked baggage.
- Drinks, liquids and gels purchased in airport stores inside the security checkpoints can be carried into passenger cabins.
- Baby formula and medications are allowed but will be inspected.
- Lighters are banned in carry-on bags and in checked luggage, unless they don't have fuel or are in a case approved by the Transportation Department.
- Laptops, cell phones, pagers and personal data assistants are allowed.