WASHINGTON—If you're going through airport security, the new terror alert announced Thursday means tighter checks and probably longer delays.
The Transportation Security Administration issued new guidelines for carry-on luggage: No liquids, gels, beverages or hand creams are allowed. Exceptions have been made for breast milk, baby formula or juice, prescription medicine with the owner's name attached, insulin and other essential medicines.
TSA recommends that passengers show up at least two hours ahead of flight departure times, pack clutter free, work with the agents and be patient.
Contrary to some reports, passengers can bring aboard laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic items.
If you bring a prohibited item to a checkpoint, you'll be asked to discard it or you could be civilly or criminally prosecuted.
For the complete list of what's allowed, go to:
For a Q&A on the new guidelines: www.tsa.gov/press/where(underscore)we(underscore)stand/security(underscore)measures.shtm
Source: Transportation Security Administration Web site (www.tsa.gov)
(Compiled by McClatchy Newspapers researcher Tish Wells.)
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