Air passengers get new rule on liquids

Costa Rican aviation officials are adopting a rule that allows travelers to bring containers of 3.4 ounces or about 100 milliliters of liquids of gels through airport checkpoints.

This is similar to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration rule that travelers can carry a quart-sized resealable bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in a carry-on bag.

The Director General de Aviación Civil said that the rule will be applied as a pilot project at Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia starting April 19 and then extended to Juan Santamaría in Alajuela.

Generally air travelers have been prohibited from carrying liquids on their person or in carryliquids040716on bags, but the rule has been enforced irregularly.

The rule does not apply to duty-free store purchases and probably not for medications, although the announcement did not address that point.

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