Passengers adjusting

first_imgTravelers checked more luggage and breezed through screening checkpoints at LAX on Friday, a day after tough new security rules created chaos at the nation’s airports. After a hastily instituted ban on liquids and gels in carry-on bags caught passengers unaware on Thursday, forcing them to jettison everything from water to deodorant, those traveling Friday already knew to pack those types of items in their suitcases. The amount of checked-in luggage soared by as much as 50 percent at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said, to more than 300,000 bags. But that eased tensions at security checkpoints, where 200 unarmed California National Guard troops in camouflage uniforms searched passengers’ carry-on luggage at random gate checks. Travelers heading to and from Britain were told to carry only wallets and passports onto planes, but those taking domestic flights could take carry-on bags and some electronics on board, Fetters said. Los Angeles resident Danielle Lilley said she prepared for her trip by calling the airlines and arriving three hours before her flight to North Carolina. “I have no liquids, no gels,” she said of her carry-on. “I’m meeting friends, so I made them bring all the stuff for me when I get there.” Salt Lake City resident Country Bray said she missed her lip gloss, but was otherwise adapting. “I travel for business regularly so I get used to it,” she said. But Florida resident Timothy Wilkins was having a tougher time accepting the new rules. Wilkins was on his second day of travel from Hong Kong, where flights were delayed, causing him to miss connecting flights. He knew nothing of the restrictions and arrived at the airport at 9:50 a.m., hoping to connect to a 10:40 a.m. flight. “They should make it a permanent policy now so it will all go smoothly for everyone later,” he said. “I didn’t even get a list or anything in Hong Kong of what I could and couldn’t bring.” [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesJames Butts, the airport’s deputy executive director of law enforcement and protective services, said the troops were critical to easing Thursday’s bottleneck. “We just don’t have the personnel for these random baggage screenings,” he said. “It would be impossible for my work force.” The presence of the troops – along with the carry-on restrictions – are expected to be in place until further notice. “Our soldiers are assigned to the TSA. There was a request for no weapons,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Rosso of the 1st Battalion-160th Infantry Division of the National Guard. “We have not been given a timeline for this mission.” About 80 additional Transportation Security Administration employees from other airports had been deployed to LAX, said Laurence Fetters, federal security director at the airport. last_img

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