Monday, August 14, 2006

TSA Updates Air Travel Restrictions

A recent ban of all liquids has been lifted (slightly) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Sunday. The ban which first would not allow even medicine or baby formula on to flights has been softened to allow up to 4 ounces of liquid nonprescription medication. In addition bans on baby food (when traveling with an infant), and medicine for diabetics (including gel packs) were eased.

TSA also said all passengers will be instructed to remove their shoes during security checks. The shoes have to be placed on an X-ray belt for screening before passengers can put them back on. Until now, the agency had strongly suggested putting shoes on the screening belt but hadn't required it.

TSA officials noted that they did not foresee a ban of all carry on items at this time. This may good news for those who can't live without their iPods and laptops for more than 15 minutes.

The bottom line...patience is one piece of luggage you can't leave home without!


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