Toner and ink cartridges over 16 ounces will be prohibited on passenger aircraft in both carry-on bags and checked bags on domestic and international flights in-bound to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said. The ban was effective November 8 and is one of a series of actions by DHS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to improve security, especially cargo security.
The DHS said the action followed the thwarted terrorist plot last week to conceal and ship explosive devices on board aircraft bound for the U.S. DHS took a number of immediate steps to increase security, including new rules on cargo bound for the United States.
The Air Transport Association (ATA), also reminded passengers of the printer and toner cartridge ban. “ATA members are in full compliance with the new TSA security requirements regarding printer and toner cartridges,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May.
“ATA reminds passengers that they must fully comply with the TSA prohibited items list, which now includes printer and toner cartridges weighing 16 ounces or more in both checked and carry-on baggage,” ATA said.
Among its actions the DHS banned air cargo from Yemen and has extended it to all air cargo from Somalia. In addition, no high-risk cargo will be allowed on passenger aircraft.