2009News

Enhanced security at airports

Airline passengers now have to deal with new security measures. Following recommendations from the US Transportation Security Agency (TSA), passengers bound for the United States will no longer be allowed to carry liquid substances on to planes or turn on electronic devices during flights. Passengers may carry the equipment on board, but will not be allowed to turn them on. Dorian Martinez, president of the Airlines Committee at Las Americas International Airport, said the suggestions by the TSA were announced after last Friday’s thwarted terrorist attack in the US. Toothpaste, floss, liquid substances, scissors, gels and aerosol cans will also not be permitted in carry on luggage. New measures also dictate that passengers must remain seated for the one-hour period before the plane lands, and will only be allowed to go to the bathroom or stand up in emergency situations. During this period passengers will not be allowed to use pillows or blankets. Passengers are asked to be at the airport at least 3 hours before check-in.