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Travel Q&A: Air security
The arrests and a terrorist bombing-plot in England are reverberating across the United States. What are your concerns about air travel today? Seattle Times travel writer Carol Pucci is taking questions now.
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I will be traveling next week to Northern Europe with a prescription medicine in an injection pen. I have a letter from the doctor stating who it is for and why it is necessary to travel with this and the needles needed to deliver it, but should I be concerned? The medicine has to be refrigerated so I cannot leave it in my checked luggage.
Any thoughts on jarred baby foods - we are flying on Saturday on a long flight with one short layover. My 7 month old will need at least one meal in there of solids or else she will be very cranky!
Will airlines allow a third checked bag for free now that we can't really bring anything on board?
I have to take Sudafed for my ears when I fly, taking it about an hour before touchdown. Will airlines provide water, drinks on the plane still? What could this mean for the trend of airlines only having food available to purchase during flight, and encouraging travelers to buy food and water at the airport?
Like many security measures after 9-11, are the restrictions at seatac another case of closing the barn door after the horse is out?
Here's what he said:
"If people can't bring on planes the water they have purchased inside the security perimeter, what does this say about the work we've done in the last five years?"
"If a can of unopened Coke that you bought at the Chili's next to the gate is not safe, we've wasted five years."
Make sense, I guess. I personally think today's response was an overreaction, based on a lot of unknowns, and once thing settle out a bit, TSA will put some thought into what makes the most sense. The agency backpedaled a while ago on previously restricted carry-on items such as small scissors and nail files.
I just read a quote from a woman who said she was going to sneak on with her contact solution -- presuming she gets past security. This implies not everyone is taking it seriously.
For now, use common sense and play by the rules — which will save everyone time and hassle. If it's liquid and non-essential, pack it in your checked luggage.
Do you think US airlines/the TSA will adopt today's British airlines policy of not allowing laptops, mobile phones or ipods? If so, will that force the airlines to revisit their policies of not covering electronic devices that are lost (or stolen) from checked baggage?
What should American citizens currently traveling in Europe be prepared for?
It's likely that most European nations will go along with U.S. requests to ban liquids and gels in carry-on luggage, but for now at least, it's unlikely that any that go as far as the UK's total ban on carry-on bags.
Are crew and captains subject to the security that travelers are? It seems to me that I see them walk right through the security gate quite a bit without much of a search. They should be suspect as well.
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