U.S. passengers aboard Russia-bound flights may not bring along any liquids whatsoever in their carry-on bags, according to a new TSA ban announced this week.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that it is banning all liquids, gels, aerosols, and powders from carry-on luggage in light of recent terrorism reports, CBS News reported.
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The Department of Homeland Security warned airlines earlier this week to be on the lookout for toothpaste canisters
that could contain bomb-making ingredients.
Passengers are normally permitted to carry liquids as long as they don’t exceed 3 ounces and are stored in a quart-sized plastic bag but the ban applies to all liquids no matter the size.
"The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has directed that no liquids, gels, aerosols, and powders of any size be permitted onboard flights between the United States and the Russian Federation in any passenger cabin of service," Delta, the only airline that offers direct flights from the U.S. to Moscow, said in a statement on its website
. "These items may be placed in customers' checked baggage. Prescription medications will be allowed."
Security at the Sochi Games has been the main concern of athletes and host countries even though Russia has adamantly insisted it has set up a "ring of steel" around the Olympic perimeter. Many fear that terrorists, Muslim militants, and "black widows" from the neighboring Caucasus region are planning attacks.
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