The entire plastic bag market - which includes garbage bags to sandwich bags - was worth $763 million in 2003 - and private label brands, commonly sold under grocery store names, have a solid place at the top, she said. The top brand name is Ziploc, whose storage and freezer bags made up 14 percent of all sales last year, Mogelonsky said.
Considering that nearly all households have bags, brands like Ziploc, made by S.C. Johnson & Sons, based in Racine, Wis., could now link their products to the new regulations, by affixing stickers or signs in stores, she said.
Jan Waldbaun and her husband, Steve Morse, went through security at the Milwaukee airport this week after seeing the new regulations on television. Morse said they've had scissors and a sewing kit taken before, and now they know to put their toiletries - travel size, of course - in bags.
"I just went and bought a box of those and use them when I travel," Waldbaun said.
On the Net:
TSA 311: http://www.tsa.gov/311
Hefty Travel: http://www.heftyoneziptravel.com
It could be a tough season when the volume of travelers soars later this month for Thanksgiving.
The TSA allows small bottles and tubes of liquids to be carried aboard airplanes only if they are enclosed in a quart-size, zip-top plastic bag.
Passenger traffic in 2006 is about 10 percent ahead of last year, and that rate is expected to climb even higher by the end of the week.