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TSA eases liquid carry-on rules for some fliers with duty-free items

TSA eases liquid carry-on rules for some fliers with duty-free items
A TSA agent loads luggage onto a belt to be X-rayed at Los Angeles International Airport. Travelers are required to pack liquids more than 3.4 ounces in their checked luggage. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Every flier knows the 3-1-1 drill for carry-on bags, but what about items like duty-free liquor? The Transportation Security Administration has started to allow international passengers with connecting flights to keep duty-free liquids -- more than the allowed 3.4 ounces -- with them on board, according to the TSA's website.

The rule, which went into effect last Friday, applies only to passengers returning to the U.S. and international travelers who have connecting flights.

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For those travelers, liquids that exceed 3.4 ounces will be allowed in carry-on bags as long as they are placed in "secure, tamper-evident bags," the agency's website says. The duty-free booty also has to be screened and cleared at airport security checkpoints.

And that's where things could get sticky. If for some reason your favorite wine or body lotion can't be cleared, you'll have to repack them in checked luggage or throw them away. For example, liquids in opaque, ceramic or metallic bottles can't be scanned.

If you're not sure whether your items will pass the test, best to pack them in checked luggage as always.

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com
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