I fly internationally quite a bit and may sometimes purchase something in the Duty Free shops. For example, there is a certain make of rum not available here in the US that I like to buy when I come across it in Duty Free …or I might purchase a bottle of perfume.
Last week the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on its website:
Inbound international changes
Beginning January 31, 2014, passengers traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight will be permitted to carry liquids in excess of 100 mL in their carry-on baggage, provided they were purchased in duty-free shops and placed in secure, tamper-evident bags (STEBs).
Technological advances may allow passengers to keep these liquids in their carry-on baggage, provided they are presented in a STEB and are able to be screened and cleared by Transportation Security Officers at the checkpoint.
Liquids that cannot be screened and cleared will not be allowed to remain in a passenger’s carry-on baggage. Passengers may elect to place these items into checked baggage, if available, or forfeit them prior to entering the secure area of the airport. This may include liquids in opaque, ceramic, or metallic bottles, or other containers that cannot be effectively scanned.
This change will help with not having to remember and scramble to put Duty Free Liquids in checked baggage prior to rechecking bags on arrival. Also, I can see this being a big plus for those who travel internationally with a carry-on only.
I, for one, am glad to see this little change, Although, quite frankly, knowing how slowly information makes it to all of the screeners, I am just as likely to continue stuffing any purchase in my checked bag.
How do you feel about this move on the part of the TSA?
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