Fluids on a Plane

New rules go into effect tomorrow – you can now carry some liquids on planes. Travel-size toiletry containers of 3 ounces (90 ml) or less that are placed in a “quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag.” That includes items like lip gloss and hand lotion. The bags will be screened and returned if they are cleared.

“We now know enough to say that a total ban is no longer needed from a security point of view,” said Kip Hawley, head of the Transportation Security Administration, at a news conference at Reagan National Airport.

“We have also taken additional security measures throughout the airport that make us comfortable allowing passengers to bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure area onboard,” he said.

Those measures, the TSA said in a statement, include: “more random screening of employees, additional canine patrols, stronger air cargo security measures, more rigorous identity verification standards and deploying more trained security officers in bomb appraisal and screening by observation techniques.”

The new security regimen is for an indefinite period, officials said. “It is unlikely that further adjustments to the ban on liquids, gels and aerosols will be made in the near future,” the TSA said.

“Obviously, there’s been a lot of unhappiness,” said Richard Marchi, senior adviser to the Airports Council International, an airport trade group. “They’re right to find a way to ease the burden and maintain a reasonable level of security.”

I am flying today and I guess I will check my bag on the way there and on the way back I will see if my shampoo, etc are approved for travel. I am speaking at an Interactive Intelligence Seminar in Detroit, MI tomorrow am by the way. Hope to see you there.

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