Some Travel Basics Today
If your destination is an airport, here are some reminders:
You can't go through the security lines carrying any liquids or gels. They must be in your checked in luggage. The Restricted items include all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste and hair gel.
The only exceptions, according to the Transportation Security Administration, 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.
Once you get through the security gate, remember that you still can't take any of these things onto the planes. If you buy a coffee or bottle of water, you have to drink it before you get on the plane.
If you're traveling on the Metro transit system:
Metro also increased security today, even though there was no specific threat to any transit system. You may see evidence of this as you ride this afternoon. Many officers were in the Farragut North Station at midday for a sweep that was meant to be highly visible to the public. There was no specific threat involving that station.
Metro said in a statement that "Transit police are doing random sweeps of stations, trains and buses. Passengers also may see other law enforcement officers conducting inspections. Rail and bus employees also have stepped up inspections of buses, trains, stations, MetroAccess vehicles and other Metro facilities. The transit agency also has closed all public restrooms in rail stations today. Additional measures include increased security announcements and dumping trash cans more often."
The front doors at Union Station have reopened after police exploded a suspicious package discovered at the station front this morning. The incident did not disrupt train service.
The Maryland Transit Administration Police announced that they were increasing security on the services they protect, which includes MARC. Like Metro, the MTA police ask passengers to keep alert for any suspicious packages or unusual behavior, and if they are concerned about anything, tell a station attendant, crew member or police officer.
Amtrak has not raised its security level today.
What have you folks experienced today at airports or on public transit? Any other alerts to share?
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