Memphis air travelers deal with new flight restrictions

Travelers passing through Memphis International Airport ran into long lines, and a little frustration, as security officials enforced new rules Thursday.

Lines quickly formed at Memphis International Airport Thursday morning after stricter carry on rules were activated.  Most passengers seemed caught off guard and didn't know the foiled terror plot in England would affect them here.

"We didn't watch the news, so a person outside told us about it," said traveler Daisy Williams. "We just complied with the rules."
People could be seen throwing away bottles of water, while even pilots were forced to toss hair gel, contact lense solution, and more.

"They were taking my lipstick," said traveler Charlotte Rutledge. "It's kinda hard going to New York without your lipstick or anything." 
In the past when security has been raised airports, many people have said they were more nervous to fly. Thursday, air travelers said it was simply business as usual, perhaps because the terrorist plot was hatched in a foreign country.

"We cooperate, and we do what we need to do to be good citizens, and keep everyone safe," Rutledge said.
Even if that means tossing the gel and having a bad hair day when you safely get to your destination.

New Airline Restrictions:

Liquids are banned from carry-on luggage and cannot be taken through security checkpoints:

  • Drinks even ones purchased at the airport
  • Toothpaste
  • Perfume
  • Shampoo
  • Hair gel
  • Suntan lotion and similar items


  • Baby formula and medications are permissible but must be presented for inspection at security checkpoints.

Other traveling protocol:

  • All shoes must be removed and placed on an X-ray belt for screening.
  • Passengers are also asked to arrive at least two hours early to allow for additional screening.
  • Passengers traveling to the UK should contact their airline for information about any extra security measures or precautions that might be required. Laptop computers, mobile phones and iPods were among items banned on British flights.

Source: Transportation Security Administration