TSA adjusts latest ban without compromising security

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National Press Release
Sunday, August 13, 2006

Security level remains the same, TSA refines and clarifies ban

  • Small doses of liquid medications permitted

  • Shoes removal required

  • Low blood sugar treatments including glucose gel for diabetics permitted

  • Clarifications include: aerosols prohibited, solid lipstick and baby food permitted.

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it will permit small doses of non-prescription liquid medications through the security checkpoint and onboard airplanes, a refinement from the original ban, which was implemented on August 10.  TSA will also now require all passengers to remove their shoes so they may be X-rayed with their carry-on bags to enhance efficiency in the screening process and eliminate confusion for travelers.

"I'd like to thank the American public for their patience and cooperation in observing the liquid, gel and aerosol ban," said Kip Hawley, TSA Assistant Secretary. "The refinements we are announcing are based on feedback from our security officers, the public and our partners. We are maintaining the same level of security while clarifying interpretations in the field. These tweaks are aimed at making a smoother process at the checkpoint."

The most significant changes to the security measures include mandatory shoe screening for all travelers and the admission of up to 4 oz. of non-prescription medicine. This refinement affords the same level of security that has been in place since last Thursday, but is intended to minimize the impact on travelers.

Travelers will continue to see an increase in visibility and use of canine detection teams.  Random gate inspections and bag searches will continue.  More information and further clarification on the ban will be offered via updated airport signs and in "Our Travelers" section.

TSA first implemented the ban on all liquids, gels and lotions as a precautionary measure, following the overseas arrests of a number of extremists engaged in a plot to destroy multiple passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United States. 

The nation’s threat level remains at Severe, or Red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the United States.  All other flights operating in or destined for the U.S. remain at High, or Orange.

TSA and the Department of Homeland Security will continue to evaluate the current security measures and will further adjust as necessary to assure our aviation system remains secure.

Travelers are reminded to contact their individual airlines for information on airport arrival times.