Effective Tuesday, September 26, 2006, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) adjusted the ban on liquids, aerosols, and gels. Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit in one quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag. After clearing security, travelers may now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.

At the checkpoint, travelers will be asked to remove the ziptop bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. In addition, larger amounts of prescription liquid medications, baby formula and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening. It is unlikely that additional changes in the liquid, aerosol and gel policy will be made in the near future.

This security regimen applies to all domestic and international flights departing U.S. airports. Travelers should, however, check with transportation security authorities in their country-of-origin for flights originating at non-U.S. airports.

Here are some tips to make your screening experience hasslefree:

• The secret to getting through security smoothly is to de-clutter your carry-on bag. This lets our Transportation Security Officers get a clear, uncomplicated X-ray image of your carry-on.
• Whenever possible, keep packing liquids in checked baggage. You will get through security faster.
• Limit quantities to what is needed for the duration of the flight.

Items purchased in the secure boarding area are for use on the immediate flight. If you must leave the secure boarding area and re-enter through the screening checkpoint, items exceeding three ounces that are not in the zip-top bag will again be prohibited.

The ban on liquids, aerosols and gels was implemented on August 10, 2006, after a terrorist plot was foiled. Since then, experts from around the government, including the FBI and our national labs, have analyzed the information and have conducted extensive explosives testing to get a better understanding of this specific threat. These changes are intended to enhance security and balance human needs because the TSA has a better understanding of the threat and security risks associated with liquids, aerosols and gels.

We are trying to make traveling as easy as we can during these times. We have made available to our customers quart-sized bags at each of our airlines and the TSA security checkpoint. For more information regarding your next trip, please visit us at www.flypia.com.

And don’t forget…Allegiant Air starts non-stop service from Peoria to Tampa/St.Petersburg, FL, beginning December 13, 2006. Spread the word! IBI