Dulles Report

Dulles Report

Airport Talks Security

On Thursday, Aug. 17, Washington Dulles International Airport representatives talked security.

The airport's federal security director John Lenihan spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the Committee for Dulles, an organization that promotes the airport and promotes economic growth for Northern Virginia, and various airline employees and airport workers on new safety measures.

In light of recent terrorist attacks, Dulles Airport beefed up security measures. Lenihan went over new policies, such as the no liquid policy and exceptions to that rule.

"There’s a new threat," he said. "Liquid explosives."

When traveling on an airplane, passengers are prohibited to pack any liquids, gels or aerosols "of any kind" in their carry-on bag, Lenihan said.

There are exceptions to the rule. If a passenger is traveling with a child, he or she will be permitted to carry on breast milk, baby formula and food. All prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs, including contact lens solution, under 4 ounces will be permitted.

Contrary to previous practices, lipsticks and liquid foundations will be allowed on the plane.

"It’s the lip glosses and the lip gels that won’t be permitted," Lenihan said.

In addition to enhanced security on the plane, security workers are now examining 20 percent more checked bags than they did in July. Workers also undergo a one-hour-a-week course on bomb recognition.

Over the next six weeks, Lenihan plans on hiring 100 new luggage screeners.

"We need help," he said. "We’re hiring immediately."

Lenihan reminded luncheon attendees, the summer months are busy and it is best for passengers to be aware of security measures in place and to be patient.