PHL responding to terror threat|
Philadelphia International Airport announced increased security measures on Thursday in response to the heightened security level issued by the Department of Homeland Security. Passengers will not be permitted to carry any liquids on-board or in carry-on baggage except for baby formula, breast milk or juice if a baby or small child is traveling; prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket; and insulin and other essential nonprescription medicines. Included in the ban: beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste and hair gel. The move comes amid reports that British authorities had foiled a terrorist plot to blow up planes headed from Heathrow Airport in London to the United States using liquid explosives. Philadelphia passengers should pack lightly and reduce "clutter" in their baggage to facilitate the screening process, said airport officials, who recommended that passengers allow extra time for checking in and security screening. Travelers should also verify the status of their flights before leaving for the airport.