Travel Sized 311

There were the days when a person could carry a full Coca Cola bottle, when shoes were allowed to stay on feet, and toiletries did not need to be in a small zip lock baggy. On March 14, 2011, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that she is excited for the time when things return to the old days of “normal” airport security. Apparently Homeland Security is working on a new system that will help passengers not have to go through as many checkpoints and screenings. But, these changes will not happen over night. New technology takes time to develop. So for now, travelers still have to deal with buying 3 oz. bottles to put their liquids in, take off their shoes, coats, and sweaters, and walk through a scanner. By the end of the experience, feel free to let out a sigh of relief. Grab your things and get out of there.

This is from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website: 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.

Remember the days when security scanners could not see through your clothing and people did not just screen you to touch you? Back then it was just about the metal. No metal on your body and you are fine and good to go. Well times have changed and now those TSA officers can see right through your collared shirt and jeans and they will touch you when they want to. However, TSA debuted a new technology in February that is less revealing. Rather than a detailed outline of your naked body, suspicious areas are marked with boxes on a generic body outline. Thankfully, the TSA is addressing these issues that so many people brought up.

While security can be a pain for travelers, the TSA is doing their best to protect the public and keep us all safe.

If you aren’t sure of what you can carry onto the plane, check the TSA website: http://www.tsa.gov/index.shtm

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