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LA Airports Ban Liquids in Carry-On Baggage

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"Declutter your bag. If you let the TSOs have a clear view of what's in the bag with your X-ray, you'll move right on through. That is something very easy to do as you pack your bag: leave the liquids at home, drink them, declutter your bag. And last, I'd say, enjoy your trip." Transportation Security Administration Chief Kip Hawley tried to put a smile on the enormous pain in the ass air travel will be for vacationers and commuters today, who will face long delays and inconveniences in the wake of the arrests in London.

Meanwhile here in LA, the police opened the city's Emergency Operation Center this morning once the national security level had been raised to orange. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton will hold a press conference at 11am at LAX to discuss the city's preparedness.

It will be curious to see if they discuss any more rules at LA airports that go beyond the ban of liquids on carry-on luggage, which is being implemented throughout US airports.

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No word yet if this has disrupted the President's annual August vacation, which he decided to take despite the war in Iraq escalating to chaos, and the mayhem in Lebanon, and now this drama.

AP photo by Reed Saxon