i flew through JFK airport in New York for the first time since the restrictions on liquids had started and i ran into something unexpected.
my understanding had been that you can carry one 1 litre plastic bag filled with liquid containers where each container holds no more than 3 oz of fluids.
i have flown several times, domestically and internationally since these restrictions were put in place. i have my stuff organized into small containers - shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hand sanitizer, shaving cream - they all are within spec. this time, going through JFK, i ran across a new restriction. i haven't researched to find out if it is new or if this is one of those restrictions that does not get enforced everywhere. but i thought i would share it so that you can plan accordingly to avoid issues.
i had 2 aveda refillable bottles for my shampoo and conditioner. however, there is nothing printed on those bottles. they are sold as travel sized bottles at the aveda store, and you can fill them with whatever product you use. so i always buy their huge shampoo and conditioner bottles and refill these small bottles. again, i've travelled with these same small bottles several times. i went through security at IAD (Dulles Airport near Washington, DC) the same day without any problems, in fact. however, the security team at JFK would not allow me to take these through. i showed them that these bottles were smaller than other bottles i was carrying that had preprinted product information on them, but that did not matter. i had the option of throwing the bottles away or checking in my bag. i didn't want to check in the bag, so i had to throw them.
i will shop for refillable bottles that have capacity information pre-printed on them to avoid this situation in the future. i just wanted to make all of you aware so that you can avoid such inconveniences.