1litre pastic bags

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  1. d15.in.oz

    d15.in.oz Member

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    In regard to the - 1 quart USA plastic bag, for personal travel items (liquids & gels)… I am just back from Woolworths with 2 different GLAD bags.

    Both measure less than 20cm by 20cm, but have some printing/branding on them. The smaller one has “glad snap lock” over 20% and the other has branding and cooking instructions over 80% of one side. Neither uses a “zip” style seal at the top (both use snap lock)… are these acceptable to US security or not. If not where should I go to get one?

    I am travelling sans checked bags.
     

  2. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    Should be, i used one of those bags with slide across the top closer things and nothing was said, While ago now.

    Did anybody else get the info from SQ about the change to and from AU and Japan as well with regards to liquids ?

     
  3. Jetsetter

    Jetsetter Junior Member

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    I think you'll find they will be fine...the snap lock were certainly fine in the UK and Europe, have yet to experiene in the USA - next few weeks will see that tested...
     
  4. cssaus

    cssaus Active Member

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    I'm hoping that I'll be able to get away with the GLAD "Lunch" Snap Lock bags that measure 22cmx25cm. The Smaller "Sandwich" bags are only 18x17.

    The challenge then is to find all the required toiletaries that one usually takes in the legal size limits. My experience has been that the supermarkets don't really cater for the smaller size items and the place to find them are in paharmacies etc.
     
  5. kpc

    kpc Senior Member

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    #5 kpc, Feb 11, 2007
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    Let me know how you go with the bags. I bought the 22cm x 25cm bags, but thought that knowing my luck, I will encounter a particularly anal security officer, so I went back and bought the smaller 18cm x 17cm bags. If anyone knows where you can buy the exact 20 x 20 cm bags, please let me know;)

    I agree....finding stuff less than 100 mls is difficult....going to try pharmacies and the $2 shop:rolleyes:
     
  6. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    About the only thing i take is toothpaste and deorderant ob board, once or twice i have wished i brought shaving stuff but mostly i am just glad for the shower in the lounge if its half way or at the hotel or office if final destination.
    But i know what you mena finding small items can be difficult, mostly i end up with freebies (samples) that do the job.

    Evan
     
  7. d15.in.oz

    d15.in.oz Member

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    Thanks for everyone’s input; I am back from the US now….and can report the only place I was "over eagerly" inspected, was a smaller regional airport. [Sound familiar to the Australian experience…? Although, I understand why, a little better now - as one hillbilly punter had packed bullets and matches!] Anyway, at this airport, everyone had to remove their plastic bag for separate examination/screening, and the guard took a second look at mine (due to the branding… all the American’s in the queue had perfectly clear bags, with more sophisticated sealing mechanisms than "snap lock"), he asked me if it was a 1 quart bag, and I replied it measured under 20cm x 20cm (i.e. the small Glad sandwich bag) and with that I was waved thru.

    [P.S. this trip, my itinerary/whatever didn’t (thankfully) qualify me for quad S secondary screening. And at one of the major airports, I forgot to take the plastic bag out of my carry-on, (too busy fiddling with my shoes etc.) and it went thru the screening without issues. The US seems to be a bit more relaxed at the moment, maybe as it’s a slow travel period over winter.]
     
  8. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    AKL airport has free plastic bags stationed on the upper departure level well before the departure gates used by US-bound flights. I haven't bothered using them because (a) they have a huge AIAL logo all over them making hard to see inside (and probably cause an issue with some jobsworth) and (b) the seal mechanism is a sticky bit at the top which you fold over (again probably cause an issue since not ziplock and not able to use more than once).
     
  9. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    I took a few last time while in AKL. They're something like 33cm x 22cm, which I think may be too big for the U.S (Not really sure).

    Agree about the foldover sticky seal. Seems to have been a knee jerk reaction from the airport to get them in (Yes it's a great idea though ... just could have been thought out a little better methinks).

    Instead I'll probably use them as lunch bags :D
     
  10. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    They probably got too many complaints at the rescreening station for US flights about pax being forced to ditch their toiletries :td:

    If they are 33x22cm then yup far too big as well.
     

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