It's safe to take your
hair gel again (sort of):
Beginning Tuesday (9/26/06), passengers can carry lotions and gels onto airliners again after a six-week ban -- but only in tiny containers of 3 ounces or less and only if they're in clear zip-top plastic bags.
Travelers can also buy drinks or other liquids or gels at shops inside airport security checkpoints and carry them on board under the partially relaxed anti-terror rules.
The new guidelines require items to be stored in one-quart bags, but TSA officials allowed passengers to board planes with items stored in one-gallon bags since Tuesday was the first day the new rules were being enforced.
If a passenger brings a container larger than 3 ounces, it still must be put in checked baggage. Up to 4 ounces of a few items were permitted in carry-on bags: eye drops, saline solution, nonprescription medicine and personal lubricants.
The outright ban on liquids, lotions and gels is no longer needed, Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley said Monday (9/25/06).
After testing a variety of explosives, the FBI and other laboratories found that tiny amounts of substances -- so small they fit into a quart-size plastic bag -- can't blow up an airliner.
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Knives, scissors, box cutters,
corkscrews remain prohibited
WASHINGTON (CNN) --It's OK to pack tweezers and nail files in carry-on luggage again, federal transportation security officials say, but air travelers still must leave sharp items and "torch" cigarette lighters at home.
The federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an updated list of prohibited items.
Transportation Security Administration head John Magaw made the announcement in front of a table stacked with hundreds of knives, scissors and items such as pepper spray confiscated from passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in just the past week.
"What we want to do is encourage them not to bring these things forward so that we don't have to confiscate them," Magaw said.
Passengers may be happy to know that some personal items like tweezers, small nail clippers, nail files, safety razors and eyelash curlers are now off the prohibited list -- if they ever were on it.
Officials admit there was some inconsistency from airport to airport about what constituted a dangerous sharp object and what did not.
Most of these items can be packed in checked baggage, according to the TSA.
* But knives, scissors, box cutters and corkscrews remain prohibited.
* Baseball bats, bows and arrows, brass knuckles, bullwhips, cattle prods, golf clubs, hockey sticks, ski poles, straight razors and razor blades not in a cartridge.
* In addition, meat cleavers, large heavy tools like wrenches and pliers, screwdrivers, dog repellent spray, ammunition and toy guns are not permitted through the security checkpoints.
The TSA warned that in addition to criminal penalties, passengers who attempt to bring these items aboard an aircraft face fines of up to $1,100 per violation.
Magaw said the agency would not be responsible for mailing the banned items back to a passenger once they have been confiscated.
"There's been talk about can we put it in an envelope and mail it to them. But in looking just at some of this, it would take a full-time person every day doing just that," Magaw said.