Regular readers know that the 3-ounce container restriction on liquids in carry-ons is one of my “favorite” gripes. As a person who hates to check bags, I am regularly irritated when I can’t, say, bring a bottle of wine in my carry-on. (Especially when there are reports of airlines refusing to permit wine in checked luggage, either. But I digress…)
But Bob Rosner’s column at ABC News just confused me even more. He writes:
Remember when we were only allowed three-ounce containers on our carry on bags? Recently that was increased to three-and-a-half ounces, according to a TSA supervisor that I talked to.
Why the increase? Because of complaints by the perfume industry. You can’t make this stuff up.
Huh?? When, exactly, did the TSA’s limit increase to 3.5 ounces per container?
The European Union adopted a standard of 100ml per container recently, which technically comes to 3.2 ounces. Many TSA agents might unofficially look the other way on that one, especially for passengers traveling from Europe to the U.S., but I still wouldn’t want to bank on that.
The TSA’s website doesn’t list any change in the rules, either. 3 ounces is all they list. 3.0000.
I’ve put in a call to the TSA to see if there’s any truth to this 3.5 ounce story, and to ask about official policy regarding 100ml/3.2 ounce bottles. I’ll report back what they say.
In the meantime, I wouldn’t risk carrying 3.5 ounces of anything on board. Unless you’re willing to lose it.