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8/10/06-Tyler

Tighter Airport Restrictions Cause Delays For Travelers

These are some of the items banned by the T.S.A. These are some of the items banned by the T.S.A.

The airports extra security measures this morning affects those traveling all over the country. That's because anything that is a liquid, cream or gel is no longer allowed in your carry-on bags. It's everyday items that you might not even know you have on you such as lotions, hairspray, contact solution and even lip gloss or chap stick. If you're flying, officials warn you to either check these items or leave them at home.    

Signs and announcements warned passengers traveling out of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport today about the extra security measures.   Still many had no idea what was going on.

"I wasn't really sure," said Becky Trussel, who's daughter was flying.  "I've never had that happen before." Becky Trussel sent her daughter off to college this morning with a carry on bag full of liquid items.

"She went through security, and they got all her shampoo and such," said Trussel.  "All the things that were liquid and confiscated it." Fortunately, the airport let her daughter check the items, but other passengers were not so lucky.

"It was about 200 dollars worth of products," said April Bush, who traveled from Orlando. "Shampoo, conditioner, and a lot of origins face cream. They don't let you keep anything." April Bush is visiting her sister in Tyler this weekend.  She says she packed light knowing she would be carrying her luggage on the plane.

"They said you could go back and check your luggage, but the line was unbelievable because so many people had to check their bags and I thought I'll never make my plane and then it's going to get worse," said Bush.  It's an inconvenience, but travelers say it's worth it.  

"I'd rather throw away 200 dollars worth of products then have the plane taken out of the sky or anyone else hurt," said Bush. "It's a small price to pay for my safety."   Getting through security is still pretty easy at Tyler Pounds Airport, but officials say if you're traveling from a major airport, get there at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight.   Those traveling from the UK are facing even more restrictions.  Passengers are not allowed to carry on electronics, like lap tops or even cell phones.

Those restrictions and the news of this mornings terror plot hit close to home for one East Texas family.  Alice and Ray Kissel of Whitehouse sent their son and his fiance off to London last night.  Alice says when she woke up she had an e-mail from her son saying they were fine and that it was crazy there.  Not knowing what he was talking about, Alice says she turned on her tv.

"I thought, why did they go now," said Alice Kissel.  "Immediately I had a little bit of a scare and then afraid and then I was ok.  You just think wow this is different then just hearing about it when someone you love is involved."  The Kissels say they are more worried about their son traveling home.

For a complete list of airport guidelines go to our homepage and click on the Know More On 7 Link.  There you will find a link called Airport Regulations.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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