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New flight rules allow only 1 carry-on bag

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Strengthening airport security after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules permitting each passenger only one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase. Air travelers must check in all other baggage.

The FAA guidelines are much like those in effect at Reagan National Airport near Washington when it resumed operations last week.

The new restrictions, issued earlier this week, allow only ticketed passengers beyond the screener checkpoints, save for those with special medical or parental needs.

All passengers must be prepared to show a government-issued photo ID along with their boarding pass at check-in, the gate and other points, according to the federal agency, which regulates U.S. air travel.

In addition, travelers with E-tickets might require additional documentation, such as a written confirmation from the airline of the reservation. The FAA recommends that those with E-tickets contact their airline for more information.

The FAA cautioned passengers that their carry-on bags could be searched more than once and that they should arrive much earlier for their flights than in the past.

Security authorities at U.S. airports remained on heightened alert this week, after the FAA warned of possible terrorist reprisals following the U.S. and British bombing campaign over Afghanistan.

Curbside check-in was not prohibited. But it will be available only with special restrictions in place and on an airline-by-airline basis, the agency said. Curbside service was prohibited during the Persian Gulf conflict.

The limitations on carry-on baggage were suggested last week by a Transportation Department panel considering better safety measures.

The new restrictions allow passengers to check in the following items but forbid them from bringing them on airplanes: Knives, cutting instruments including carpet knives and box cutters, devices with folding or retractable blades, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors, metal nail files, corkscrews, bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles and hockey sticks.

The FAA rules permit travelers to bring other items in their carry-on luggage, such as: nail clippers, safety razors, tweezers and eyelash curlers. Syringes can be brought into airplane cabins with documented proof of medical need.

Other FAA recommendations for air passengers:

-- The heightened measures require more time to properly screen travelers. Travelers should contact their airline to find out how early they should arrive at the airport.

-- Take public transportation to the airport if possible. Parking and curbside access is likely to be controlled and limited. Travelers should minimize the number of metal objects they wear and remove them before passing through metal detectors to facilitate the screening process.

-- Do not bring anything onboard for another person and report any unattended items in the airport or aircraft to the nearest airport or airline personnel.


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