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Public learns about liquid on planes

Associated Press

ATLANTA — Vince Marzula started his trip to Las Vegas by losing money at the security checkpoint at the Atlanta

airport.

"I threw about $100 of stuff in the garbage — hair care products of my wife," the 35-year-old from suburban Atlanta said Thursday.

A month after the federal Transportation Security Administration announced rules permitting only limited amounts of liquids on board airplanes, confusion over the regulations has led to longer waits at security checkpoints around the country.

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TSA officials are concerned those delays will increase during the holiday season.

At the Atlanta airport — the world’s busiest in terms of passengers — average wait times at checkpoints have increased from 181⁄2 minutes in September to 231⁄2 minutes in October, while delays have jumped from 14 to more than 21 minutes at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, according to the TSA.

The TSA is trying to educate travelers before the Thanksgiving weekend with a campaign called "3-1-1 on Air Travel."

Under the 3-1-1 rule, any liquids carried aboard a plane must be in 3-ounce containers or smaller, and all of the containers must be in a one-quart see-through plastic bag, with one bag per passenger.

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