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TSA Announces Some Checkpoint Procedure Changes

July 23, 2007

TSA Announces Some Checkpoint Procedure Changes
July 23, 2007 – The Transportation Security Administration announced it will no longer enforce the ban on lighters in carry-on luggage beginning Aug. 4. The agency reportedly collects more than 22,000 lighters a day.

"Explosives remain the most significant threat to aviation," said Kip Hawley, TSA administrator. "By enabling our officers to focus on the greatest threats we are using our officers’ time and energy more effectively and increasing security for passengers."

The United States previously had been the only nation in the world to prohibit lighters from carry-ons. TSA says that lifting this ban is another step in their efforts to harmonize security measures with international partners.

TSA also is modifying the procedures associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with or without their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.

The procedural adjustments were developed based on process and effectiveness studies, feedback from the workforce and regular consultation with airports, airlines and other security partners. This marks the third modification to security procedures within the last year. TSA has notified Congress of these changes and will soon begin training its workforce of 43,000 security officers.

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