- The Washington Times - Friday, May 25, 2007

Forget bringing mom an apple pie and pack the suntan lotion into checked bags when traveling by air this Memorial Day weekend, advise Homeland Security officials.

With the terrorist threat level at orange, or “high” for all domestic and international flights, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials continue to crack down on what can, and cannot, be packed in carry-on bags.

During the Christmas holidays, snow globes were a no, no as it contains more than three ounces of liquid.

The same restrictions apply to suntan lotions, sunscreen, even food that contain liquid for travel this weekend.

Homeland officials are estimating a high number of passengers and say passengers should either check their baggage or follow the 3-1-1 rule of carry-on luggage [-] three ounces of liquid in one quart-sized clear plastic bag, and only one bag per passenger.

“We are fully staffed and prepared to handle the greater volume of passengers this year,” said Kip Hawley TSA administrator. “Travelers can control the length of their own wait time by being prepared when they reach the security checkpoint.”

Liquids were completely banned last August after a plot was revealed that terrorists in London planned to use liquid explosives to bring down airplanes over U.S. soil.

The ban has since been eased by many restrictions are still in place.

Items allowed in carry-on luggage this weekend include gel-filled bras, bubble bath balls, bath oils, bug and mosquito sprays, cigar cutters, scissors, cuticle cutters, nail polish, nail clippers, nail files, knitting needles, crochet needles, tweezers, umbrellas, walking canes, toy transformer robots, toy weapons, plastic or butter knives, safety razors and disposable razors.

Firearms must be packed in checked luggage.

Items that must be three ounces or less in carry-on luggage include deodorants, eye drops, hair styling gels and spray of all kinds including aerosol, lip gels such as Carmex or Blistex, liquid lip-gloss, liquid foundation, spray perfumes and colognes, soap, mascara, make-up removers and facial cleansers, mouthwash, non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap pills, personal lubricants, saline solution shampoos and conditioners.

Passengers are also asked not to wear clothing with metal, and will be required to remove their footwear for X-ray screening.

Screening procedures vary from airport to airport, but a government-issued identification card is required to travel in the U.S. at every airport.

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