Published August 10, 2006
In order to address the elevated terror threat level, until further notice, the following new security measures have been implemented at U.S. and UK airports.
New Security Measures at U.S. Airports
The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has determined that there is a high risk of terrorism against U.S. civil aviation, and the need for extra restrictions to assure the security of air travel. In order to address the higher risk, the Department of Homeland Security has implemented the following new security measures until further notice.
No liquids or gels are permitted to enter the sterile area through the screening checkpoint or be in accessible property or on one’s person except:
· Baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is traveling
· Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket
· Insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines
Examples of liquids and gels included in these security measures include:
· Suntan Lotion
· Hair Gel
· Other items of similar consistency
Also, you will not be allowed to bring any liquids or gels purchased after passing through the security checkpoint onboard the aircraft.
New Security Requirements at UK Airports
All cabin baggage must be processed as hold baggage and carried in the hold of passenger aircraft departing UK airports
Passengers may only take the following items through the airport security search point, in a single (ideally transparent) plastic carrier bag:
· Pocket size wallets and pocket size purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards, identity cards etc (not handbags))
· Travel documents essential for the journey (for example passports and travel tickets)
· Prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and essential for the flight (eg diabetic kit), except in liquid form unless verified as authentic
· Spectacles and sunglasses, without cases
· Contact lens holders, without bottles of solution
· For those traveling with an infant: baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger) and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags)
· Female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed (eg tampons, pads, towels and wipes)
· Tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
· Keys (but no electrical key fobs)
All passengers must be hand searched, and their footwear and all the items they are carrying must be x-ray screened. Pushchairs and walking aids must be x-ray screened, and only airport-provided wheelchairs may pass through the screening point.
In addition to the above, all passengers boarding flights to the USA and all the items they are carrying, including those acquired after the central screening point, must be subjected to secondary search at the boarding gate. Any liquids discovered must be removed from the passenger.