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Electronics permitted onboard for U.S. travel

August 10, 2006

BY AMBER HUNT

FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

After a few hours of confusion over whether passengers boarding flights in America could pack laptop computers and cell phones in their carry-on bags, the Transportation Security Administration has publicly issued an answer: Yes, they can.

Lara Uselding, spokeswoman for the TSA, confirmed today that such electronic items are allowed as carry-on items. She also said that passengers headed to the United Kingdom could carry them on board as well, though she didn’t know whether passengers leaving the UK would have to check the items.

Earlier confusion stemmed from a TSA e-mail sent to major airports across the country, said Vanessa Denha-Garmo, press secretary to County Executive Robert Ficano. The Free Press incorrectly reported earlier on its web site that laptops and cell phones were banned from carry on luggage.