Flight safety and airport security
are once again in the headlines after two men crashed an SUV loaded with gas
cylinders into Scotland's Glasgow International Airport.
The web site of the U.S.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) states that "there is nothing
to suggest attacks in the U.K. indicate an [impending] attack in the
U.S. However, many airports and mass transit systems in the United States
are increasing their security presence as a precaution."
When Katie Couric joined CBS Evening News as its anchor and managing
editor last September after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC's Today
show, she famously became the first woman to hold that solo anchor position.
Behind the scenes, she also became a driving force behind CBS's newly enhanced
health and medical coverage.
"I told [my producers], 'We must have a strong medical unit,'"
Couric says. In response, they've "really beefed it up, and I think we're
getting ready to beef it up even...
The TSA notes that travelers
may see an increased use of bomb-sniffing dogs, increased presence of law
enforcement and/or TSA security staff in public areas, and random security
checks on all vehicles.
The TSA asks travelers to be
aware of their surroundings and to notify a security or law enforcement officer
if they see anything suspicious.
The TSA's flight safety rules
about bringing liquids on board planes remain in effect.
"Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-sized
toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in one quart-size, clear
plastic, zip-top bag," states the TSA's web site on flight safety.
At the security checkpoint, "travelers will be asked to remove the
zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt," the
"In addition, larger amounts of prescription liquid medications, baby
formula, and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for
additional screening," states the TSA.
But don't try to go through an airport security checkpoint with a large cup
of coffee or a big bottle of water. Those items aren't allowed through security
but can be bought at airport shops near your departure gate.
"After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other
items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft," states the
According to the TSA,'s flight safety rules, items currently permitted
in carry-on bags include:
Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling
All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and
aerosols) including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical
Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels
for passengers with a disability or medical condition
Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood
products, and transplant organs
Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as
mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline
solution, or other liquids
Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically related items
used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.
Passengers can carry as much of those items as they want in their checked
baggage. But if the medically necessary items exceed 3 ounces or are not
contained in a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag, passengers must present those
items for inspection at the security checkpoint.
"All disability-related equipment, aids, and devices continue to be
allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening,"
states the TSA.