Travelers Embrace Relaxed Security Rules

The rules replace an outright ban on liquids, lotions and gels ordered Aug. 10 after an alleged plot to bomb U.S.-bound jetliners was foiled.

"It's not worth the hassle," he said. "I just don't want to deal with it."

By 8 a.m., a trash bin at a checkpoint in Atlanta was 3 feet deep with water bottles and 16-ounce containers of toiletries, including shaving gel and hand lotion. But TSA officials there were going easy on travelers the first day of the new rules, allowing them to carry proper-sized toiletries in gallon-sized plastic bags.

After testing a variety of explosives, the FBI and other laboratories found that tiny amounts of substances - so small they fit into a quart-size plastic bag - can't blow up an airliner.

In Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the new rules "are likely to be with us for the foreseeable future." Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, Chertoff said the new rules would be in place for at least six weeks, but he declined to say whether they would remain as long as six months.


Associated Press writers Sophia Tareen in Chicago, Leslie Miller in Washington, Ken Maguire in Boston, Terence Chea in Oakland and Paul Weber in Dallas contributed to this report.

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