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New Air Travel Rules in Effect

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

Air travel has been a source for complaints for many who trek across the skies.

One reason some suggest is because of items being restricted from carry-on luggage like cigarette lighters by the Transportation Security Administration. Steve Hartman is one traveler that has not had to take issue with that ban.

"It really doesn't make a difference to me, but lighters aren't a problem," Hartman said.

For many smokers it has been. Since 2005, airline travelers have been prohibited from packing common lighters in their carry-on luggage.

According to their website, just last year TSA confiscated more than eleven million of them. Now, officials no longer consider lighters a threat.

Richard Blanny is a smoker who said the policy change will keep him and other smokers from having to search for lighters in between flights.

"Yeah, it'll be a lot easier," Blanny said. "That way on a lay over you can have a cigarette because you'll always have a lighter or a match or something."

However, not all lighters are welcomed back on board. Torch lighters are still banned.

In the policy changes that took effect on Saturday, weight restrictions on the amount of breast milk permitted have eased up. The 3-1-1 rule adopted by the TSA had limited breast milk to containers of three ounces or less that had to fit inside a one-quart sized zip-lock plastic bag.

In order to carry breast milk on board, mothers had to be traveling with their children. That is not the case anymore. Barbara Riggins said her infant granddaughter can appreciation this change.

"It will make for a pleasant trip because you don't want crying babies," Riggins said. "She will not be happy if she's hungry."

A few changes, perhaps fewer complaints about traveling the friendly skies.


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