The TSA is now imposing a temporary new ban on most aerosols, gels, powders, and liquids in carry-ons on U.S. flights to Russia — bringing American regulations into line with the rules that Russia itself imposed earlier this week.
Prescription medications will, however, be allowed.
The new restriction applies only to flights from the U.S. to Russia — and apply for the next 30 days. The TSA will decide next month, after the Olympics are over, whether to renew it.
One U.S. official says the decision to impose the carry-on ban today is not based on new intelligence.
Instead, it's the result of the advisory yesterday about toothpaste tubes and similar containers. A decision was apparently made yesterday to adopt this temporary restriction, but it took time to decide on its precise form, another official said.
First published February 6 2014, 2:16 PM
Pete Williams is an NBC News correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He has been covering the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court since March 1993. Williams was also a key reporter on the Microsoft anti-trust trial and Judge Jackson's decision.
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Prior to joining NBC, Williams served as a press official on Capitol Hill for many years. In 1986 he joined the Washington, D.C. staff of then Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant. In 1989, when Cheney was named Assistant Secretary of Defense, Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. While in that position, Williams was named Government Communicator of the Year in 1991 by the National Association of Government Communicators.
A native of Casper, Wyo. and a 1974 graduate of Stanford University, Williams was a reporter and news director at KTWO-TV and Radio in Casper from 1974 to 1985. Working with the Radio-Television News Directors Association, for which he served as a member of its board of directors, he successfully lobbied the Wyoming Supreme Court to permit broadcast coverage of its proceedings and twice sued Wyoming judges over pre-trial exclusion of reporters from the courtroom. For these efforts, he received a First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.