Travelers Adjust To New Restrictions

Aug 12, 2006 03:40 PM

By Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - Security screeners in Honolulu confiscated more than seven hundred pounds of banned items on Friday.

That's about half as much stuff taken from travelers on Thursday.

It's much better today. I think the time difference helped us," explained State Transportation Department Spokesperson Scott Ishikawa.

Airport officials say they can't donate the seized items due to contamination concerns.

Most passengers like Molly Daukas carefully re-packed.

"Then I had to just take out make-up chapstick and conditioner and take everything out," Daukas said.

But Daukas says some things just wouldn't fit.

"I had lipstick in my purse, can't have it.  I had bought stuff here - had to throw it all away," Daukas told us.

Still some passengers like Sara McInvale were confused about what's okay and what's not.

"They stopped me after checking my bag and told me chapstick was not allowed on the plane.  That it could be dangerous," said McInvale.

McInvale says it's hard to see the danger.

"This is 25 dollar brand new lip gloss," she told us.  "I understand national security is a problem and you need to be careful, but things are getting a little ridiculous."

Perhaps suffering the most, airport custodians.

They say they hauled off four times as much trash, than before the security ban went into effect.