Friday, August 11, 2006

Air travelers feel effects of thwarted plot

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Ray Watson figured the ban on carrying liquids onto flights that forced thousands of travelers to discard cosmetics and other items would prove a boon for one industry: makers of toiletries.

"I can't imagine all the millions of dollars that the Colgate-Palmolives are going to reap from this," said Watson, 40 of Denver as he waited to pick up his luggage at Los Angeles International Airport.

"The Dumpsters in Phoenix were filled with shampoo and toothpaste."

U.S. authorities banned the carrying of nearly all liquids onto flights Thursday after British authorities arrested 24 people in an alleged plot to blow up U.S.-bound planes using explosives disguised as drinks and other common products.

Federal aviation officials said security screening at U.S. airports was expected to take considerably more time. It is not clear how long the restrictions will remain in effect.

One lawmaker, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, said the situation "eliminates the days of carry-on baggage."

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