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3-1-1 Airport Rules on Liquids Quietly Disappear

Monday, 10 May 2010 08:53 PM

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The Transportation Security Administration’s unpopular restrictions on liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on luggage — better known as the 3-1-1 rule — may be ending, according to MSNBC.

Passengers told the network that the TSA has not been screening their bags for liquids, and are not even asking if they are carrying the usual assortment of lotions, shampoos or bottled water.

“I was never asked about the liquids in my bag or asked to remove them,” Doris Casamento, a retiree from Naples, Fla., who recently flew from Miami to Rome, told MSNBC. “My husband had a bottle of water from the hotel he forgot was in his carry-on and it was never confiscated. The water was in a shallow shoulder-bag bulging practically in plain sight.”

The TSA initially banned liquids and gels from carry-on bags in 2006 when British authorities reportedly thwarted a plot to blow up planes bound for the United States with liquid explosives.

The agency in 2008 promised it would ease its restrictions within a year by removing size limits on liquids carried onboard. But liquids still would have to be placed in a separate bin, according to the agency.

The 3-1-1 rule isn’t scheduled to be lifted until the end of this year, when X-Ray machines at security checkpoints will have upgraded software proven to detect threat liquids in any configuration.

Read the entire story at MSNBC.

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