Updated Airport Security Rules

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Some new exceptions to previous carry-on luggage restrictions

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has loosened some of the carry-on security rules originally imposed after the announcement that London authorities had exposed a suspected airline terror plot back on August 10. In general, liquids, gels, and lotions are still not permitted in carry-on luggage and must be disposed of before you board the plane. But there are some new exceptions that are important to travelers:

  • Small amounts of baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling
  • Liquid prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket
  • Up to 5 oz. (148ml) of liquid or gel low blood sugar treatment
  • Up to 4 oz. of essential non-prescription liquid medications including saline solution, eye care products and KY jelly
  • Gel-filled bras and similar prosthetics
  • Gel-filled wheelchair cushions
  • Life support and life sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs carried for medical reasons
  • In addition, according to the TSA, you are also now permitted to carry on solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items such as lipstick, lip balm and similar solids. But these must be solid and not liquid, gel or aerosol. So while lipstick is now approved, lip gloss is not. Powder-based deodorants are allowed, but gel or aerosol deodorants cannot be carried on.

    Bottom line? Check for the latest updates before you fly. The TSA lists prohibited and allowable carry items on its Web site here: tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm And most airline Web sites also provide a link to the latest TSA rules on their sites.

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