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08/11/06 - East Texas

East Texas Travel Agents Have Advice for Frequent Flyers

by Ramonica R. Jones

Effective immediately, severe restrictions are being placed on what you can bring onboard an aircraft in your carry-on luggage. As soon as British authorities announced they'd stopped a terror plot, the U.S. government started banning passengers from taking liquids aboard all flights in America.

Nancy Mize of Holiday Travel said, "If they pack lightly - if they take all the junk out of their suitcases and their purses and their briefcases - then they can get through security a lot faster."

The planned targets of the attack: Fort Worth-based American and Houston-based Continental and United Airlines international flights. What you can and cannot bring on board an aircraft now may surprise you.  

Agents at Holiday Travel in Lufkin had a client fly to the UK Wednesday night. They were not able to warn him before he got there about the disruption of the terrorists' plan, but they are now trying to call all of their clients to help make their travel a little less inconvenient.

Travel Agent Lisa Loya said, "They should contact the company that they purchased the ticket from and have them to answer the questions that they have. The clients that we got tickets for, we'll be contacting them before they travel to let them know some of the new restrictions that they have."  

Local travel agents expect it to take at least an hour to make it through airport security. Their advice: get to the airport as early as you can. They predict things will get somewhat back to normal over the next few weeks.

For more information on what you can or can't take on a plane, go to www.dhs.gov/dhspublic.

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