Saturday, August 12, 2006

Forced to Forfeit Your Liquids at the Airport? Your Hotel May Give Them Back!

Author: Nick
Category: Money

airports seize liquids, leave solids and gases untouched

No doubt you’ve already heard of the recently uncovered terrorist plot to permanently ground some airplanes in the United Kingdom. And especially if you’ve taken to the skies yourself in the last few days, you know that there are some new restrictions in place at airports around the world. Specifically, virtually any liquid or gel substances have been banned from being carried aboard commercial aircraft.

As a result, many passengers are now finding themselves in strange, exotic lands without their toothpaste, shampoo, and other comforts of home. Fret not, weary travellers, for your hotel may come to your rescue! While most hotels already offer complimentary toiletries, some are extending the line of free products they now offer their guests. For example, Omni Hotels has responded to the new security measures by providing guests with free replacements for many of the liquids that airports have started seizing from boarding passengers.

“Taking care of our guests is fundamental,” says one Omni representative. “That’s why we are taking immediate steps to replenish nearly all forms of liquid and gel ‘basics’ you may be required to relinquish at airports across the nation.”

The items now offered for free to guests of Omni and several other hotel chains include:

  • facial skin care products
  • women’s cosmetics
  • hair care products
  • sunscreen
  • toothpaste
  • contact lens solution
  • nail polish and remover

So if you’re planning a trip in the near future, call ahead to see if your hotel will provide you with these items so you can leave your stuff at home. And if you’re one of those folks who likes to bring home the tiny shampoo bottles from hotels (hey, who can blame you?), sorry, but those liquid restrictions may still apply on the return trip.

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