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Trendy luggage for this holiday season: the zip-top baggie.

Byline: Tim Christie The Register-Guard

Attention holiday air travelers: If you're planning to carry your toiletries on your flight to see the family, don't forget your zip-top bag.

Banned briefly last summer in the wake of a foiled terrorist plot in England, shampoo, toothpaste, creams and other personal items can be carried on flights, but only under certain conditions:

They must be travel-size - 3 ounces or less; they must be placed in one see-through, quart-size zip-top bag; and only one resealable plastic bag per passenger is allowed.

Eugene Airport officials are expecting a 30 percent surge, from about 800 people a day to 1,300, on the busiest Thanksgiving travel days, Wednesday and Sunday. They hope that by encouraging people to follow the new carry-on rules, security checks will go more smoothly.

"The liquid and gel ban has the potential to slow down security lines," Michael Irwin, federal security in Oregon for the Transportation Security Administration, said at an airport news conference.

For travelers who forget to pack their toiletries appropriately, the gift shop at the airport is selling the zip-top bags for 25 cents apiece.

The message is intended especially for those less-frequent holiday travelers who may not be familiar with the new rules, Irwin said.

Marie Figley of Sutherlin, on her way Monday to Jackson Hole, Wyo., said she travels only about twice a year, but she got the word on carry-on toiletries and packed accordingly. She said she's all for anything that can make flying safe.

"It's just something people should do without questioning it," she said. "We have to do our part to keep our country safe."

Other tips for holiday air travelers:

Leave plenty of time - arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before your scheduled departure.

Never leave vehicles or baggage unattended.

Remember that only ticketed passengers are allowed past the security checkpoint.

Ship gifts separately or pack them unwrapped so screeners don't have to open them.

Avoid putting things of value in checked bags.

Bring a carry-on bag and include things such as medications, reading materials, valuables and a change of clothing.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL For winter weather and flight information, call the Eugene Airport information line at 682-5544. Visit the Transportation Security Administration Web site at www.tsa.gov.
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