DHS Issues Terror Alert

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has raised alert levels to Red and Orange: Expect security delays, and no carry-on liquids allowed

ASTA has issued the following member alert:

Effective today, Aug. 10, the DHS has raised the United States’ security threat level to Red, or Severe, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the United States. For all other commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States, the threat level has been raised to Orange, or High. DHS is prohibiting all liquid-based substances from being carried on an airplane and is implementing additional security measures within the airport and at screening checkpoints. Travel agents should advise their customers to arrive at the airport early and to expect security delays. Additionally, travelers should be advised to include all liquid-based substances, such as hair gel, lotion, shampoo, cream, contact-lens solution and toothpaste, with their checked baggage, and to finish all liquid refreshments (e.g. water, soda, etc.) before proceeding to security. The exceptions are: baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is traveling; prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket; and insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines. Travelers are offered the following tips:

Pack all liquid-based substances, such as hair gel, lotion, shampoo, cream, non-prescription liquids (e.g. contact-lens solution, eye drops, etc.) and toothpaste in your checked baggage.
Finish all refreshments prior to heading to the security checkpoint.
Limit your carry on items to your essential needs to facilitate easier screening.
If possible, leave behind or check your electronic devices (e.g. PDA, laptops, etc.) to help speed up the security screening process
Check with your air carrier well before your flight departs for information on when you should arrive at the airport.
On your day of departure, check your departing airport’s Web site for any reported new security delays.
Cooperate with TSA personnel at all checkpoints and gates as TSA may require a secondary screening of carry-on baggage at the gate.
Be attentive and report any suspicious activity to the nearest TSA Officer.
DHS has provided no indication of when, or if, these measures would be rescinded. Details can be found at: http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/threat-change.shtm.