Lucas Guimaraes was headed back to Brazil Thursday morning, but without his $60 bottle of "212" cologne.
"I should have just left it in my checked luggage," said a frustrated Guimaraes.
Passenger after passenger at Salt Lake City International Airport was forced to throw away multiple items that were liquids or gels before entering security gates.
All U.S. airports were on heightened alert because of a foiled terrorist plan in Britain to blow up several planes en route from there to the United States. The suspected terrorists targeted flights operated by American Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines, according to news reports. The plotters reportedly intended to use carry-on luggage to execute their plan.
"What happened over there was the real deal," said Ron Malin, federal security director for the Transportation Security Administration in Utah.
Malin said nothing indicated that the Salt Lake airport was at any greater risk than any other airport in the country. And outside of air travel, Utahns probably didn't notice any changes during their daily routines.
"Right now, it's not going to affect Utahns a whole lot," said Jeff Nigbur, public-affairs officer for the Utah Department of Public Safety, which is over Homeland Security in this state.
It was a different story at the airport.
Even "grandma's preserves" were not safe, according to one security official at the Salt Lake airport.
Many travelers were understanding of the new restrictions.
"I think it's awesome," said Jennifer Anderson.
The North Salt Lake mother was on her way to Santa Barbara with her 8-month-old girl, Iris. She was forced to empty a baby bottle that contained water.
"I'm glad they're doing it," she said. "I don't want to get bombed."
Bottled water, soda, toothpaste, deodorant, contact lens solution, most makeup items, perfume, shampoo and conditioner were just some of the items seen being discarded by passengers preparing to go through security screeners in Salt Lake City.
Two large signs on either side of the road headed into the airport flashed the message, "Security notice, all gels and liquids must be in checked luggage only." Another sign with the same message was placed just before the terminals.
Signs inside the airport were everywhere, informing people about what they could and couldn't bring aboard a plane. Airport personnel were also warning people as they entered the terminals.
Mothers could still bring aboard baby formula, but only in powder form. But they shouldn't have to worry about submitting their formula to a taste test, according to Malin. Taste tests, he added, were done away with three years ago.
Malin also said he had not been given any indication as to how long the new restrictions will last.
Prescription medications were another rare exception to the no gels or liquids rule.
Mark Tramutolo, 16, was flying alone to visit his grandmother in Colorado. Everything he was bringing was in his carry-on luggage, but no gels or liquids. His grandmother had called ahead with news about the restrictions.
Women could be seen one after another throwing away several makeup-related items, which don't necessarily come cheap.
"I don't care," Elaine Mrabetz said about the cost. The new rules, she added, are here for a good reason.
Kate Werrett, 20, threw away between $30 and $40 worth of makeup.
"I'd rather be safe," said Werrett, a student at Brigham Young University who was headed to Portland. "I figure my life is more important than makeup."
John Anselmi, his wife and two young sons were moving from their home in Wyoming to Germany when they stopped to empty carry-on luggage of banned items. Anselmi, whose job in the military prompted the move, wasn't bothered by the new regulations.
"Oh, no problem at all," he said. "I want it safe I'll give it all away if it means we're safe."
At Hill Air Force Base in Davis County, security measures and flight traffic have not changed as a result of the new restrictions on the commercial airline industry.
"At this time, Hill Air Force Base is continuing its normal security procedures and flying operations," said Marilu Trainor, public-affairs director for Ogden Air Logistics at Hill.
A Utahn caught up in the delays at British airports caused by the terror plot was complimentary of operations at the Edinburgh International Airport, where staff handed out water to passengers and games to children.
"The British really know how to handle a situation like this," said Richard Macpherson Barnes, 45, a geologist from Salt Lake City. "The staff have been nothing but polite and helpful."
Barnes' mother, Elva Barnes, was unable to reach her son on his cell phone Thursday as he traveled between Edinburgh and Heathrow airports. But she's not worried.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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