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Why The Quart-size Plastic Bag?

What is the significance of putting the bottles in a zip-top bag, especially if the liquid has to be segregated in its own bottle?

TSA and our partners conducted extensive explosives testing since August 10 and determined that these items, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. The one bag limit per traveler limits the total amount each traveler can bring.  Consolidating the bottles into one bag and X-raying separately enables security officers to examine the declared items. By reducing clutter in the carry-on bag, security officers can more easily find prohibited items within the bag.

How many zip-top bags can each traveler bring through the checkpoint?

Each traveler is limited to ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top plastic bag of travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less). 

Did DHS/TSA take the proper and necessary precautions when it banned all liquids on August 10?

Knowing what we knew then and what we have learned since, banning all liquids was a prudent decision.  Since the initial ban, we now have a better understanding to say with confidence that small travel size liquids are safe to bring through security checkpoints in limited numbers.

What additional security measures are being put in place at the airports? 

TSA has enhanced its security measures through the airport: more random screening of airport employees, additional canine patrols, stronger air cargo security measures, more rigorous identity verification, more highly-trained security officers.

Can we expect additional changes to the ban?

It is unlikely that we will make changes in the near future.  These changes represent a sustainable level of security for the TSA, passengers, airports and airlines.