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In light of today's terror-related arrests in the United Kingdom, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced heightened security for passengers traveling between the U.K. and U.S. -- and the Transportation Security Administration has new rules and regulations pertaining to what you can (or, more appropriately, can't) put in your carry-on baggage.
Forbidden in Flight
The liquid explosives intended to blow up the planes would have been concealed in ordinary containers; all liquids and gels are now prohibited in carry-on baggage, including:
Beverages (even if they were bought in the airport)
Other items of similar consistency
There are only a few exceptions: baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is traveling (a taste-test by passenger may be required, according to the Associated Press); prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket; and insulin and other essential non-prescription medicines.
What to Expect: Security
TSA is implementing a series of security measures -- some visible and some not visible. Expect security personnel to adhere to the new restrictions and rules strictly: According to the Washington Post, passengers at Dulles Washington Dulles International Airport this morning ended up giving perfume and cosmetics to strangers, as they were not allowed to board with these previously acceptable items.
Place electronic devices (PDA's, laptops) in checked bags -- or leave them home -- to speed up screening.
If you've purchased a beverage, toss the container before the security checkpoint.
Check with your carrier before your flight to find out when to arrive at the airport.
Cooperate with security officers, and be alert for suspicious activity.
Pack lightly (click here for useful packing tips).
Many thanks to Cruise Critic member LRene for reminding us that the Brits will have different carry-on rules and restrictions and also for pointing out that these "could affect cruisers in the Mediterranean who are connecting through the United Kingdom."
According to a statement from the U.K. government: The following measures apply to all passengers starting their journey at a U.K. airport and to those transferring between flights at a U.K. airport and from anywhere connecting in the U.S. to the U.K.
Effective immediately, all cabin baggage must be processed as checked baggage and carried in the hold of passenger aircraft departing U.K. airports, connecting through U.K. airports and departing the U.S. for the U.K.
Passengers may take through the airport security check point, in a single (ideally transparent) plastic carrier bag, only the following items. Nothing may be carried in pockets:
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 (such as a 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 (such as tampons, pads, towels and wipes)
Tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
Keys (but no electrical key fobs)
There will be no liquids or gels allowed to/from the U.K. Duty free from the U.K. will not be allowed, however, duty free onboard will continue.
All U.K. transiting customers will be required to check any carry-ons they bring to the airport regardless of origination. For customers who have already left the U.S. and will be connecting in the U.K., they will not be allowed to use the transit area in the British airports and will be routed back to the ticket counters to check their carry-on luggage. This will probably cause some misconnects in the U.K. today and tomorrow due to the short time frames.