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September 25, 2006

Liquids Ban Partially Lifted on US Flights

This just in from the TSA on the liquid restrictions for US Flights:

WASHINGTON - The government is partially lifting its ban against carrying liquids and gels onto airliners, as long as they are purchased from secure airport stores, and will also permit small, travel-size toiletries brought from home, officials said Monday.

A total ban on such products, instituted after a plot to bomb jets flying into the United States was foiled, is no longer needed, said Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley.

"We now know enough to say that a total ban is no longer needed from a security point of view," Hawley told a news conference at Reagan National Airport.

He said that most liquids and gels that air travelers purchase in secure areas of airports will now be allowed on planes. He called the new procedures a "common sense" approach that would maintain a high level of security at airports but ease conditions for passengers.

That means that after passengers go through airport security checkpoints, they can purchase liquids at airport stores and take them onto their planes.

I have literally left a can of shaving cream and some hair gel in my desk at the office in California because I got sick of spending $5 on it every time I came out since I could not bring it with or take it home. Travelling was hell at first, but actually has been kind of nice lately. All of the women that used to bring on massive carryons have been checking their luggage with their makeup, meaning that the overhead bins are not full and people get loaded into the plane sooner.

I have a locking cover on my Avalanche and we drive through Las Vegas and across Hoover Dam to go to Brian Head. They make us pull over and open the back before we can go across. More security stuff. It is a new world that we live in. But some restrictions are just plain overboard. When someone figures out how to down a jet with a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of perfume, get back to me. I am down with the caution, but I am also pleased that logic and common sense took over.

Posted by Justin at September 25, 2006 06:26 PM