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(LA Times)   More than ten years after 9/11 and we still can't bring applesauce onto commercial flights   ( divider line
    More: Sad, Commercial aviation, TSA, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, complaints, United States District Court  
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2013-01-30 04:43:54 PM  
3 votes:
In fairness, the liquid lunacy started in 2006.

The knee-jerk reaction to that was to ban ALL liquid...even beverages purchased airside and given on airplanes. Then, capitalism reared its ugly head and then all of those for-profit liquids were suddenly deemed safe.

Fact of the matter is, TSA does have equipment to test liquids, but the process of testing is slow and arcane. The reason we have to remove our laptops and shoes is because we as passengers have to continually adapt to the TSA's shortcomings in screening people.

But the TSA has changed their uniforms four times in 10 years, which shows where their real priorities are.
2013-01-30 05:00:20 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-01-30 04:49:24 PM  
2 votes:
They confiscate your fluids but not your phone which apparently can bring the whole god damn plane down if you so much as text during takeoff.
2013-01-30 04:41:06 PM  
2 votes:
Security theater makes us safe!
2013-01-31 02:26:39 AM  
1 vote:

Shadowknight: hitlersbrain: I had to give up a pair of nail scissors in my carry on a few years ago. Then I got on the plane and ordered a coffee. They gave me a 5 inch, hard plastic stirring stick with a end sharp enough that I could easily have stabbed someone to death with it.

/ Too much, Too late.

My sister is a flight attendant, and said that a fully uniformed and credentialed pilot of her's couldn't get onto the plane because he had a metal butter knife in his bag that he actually got from the first class galley on the previous plane.  The idea that he could take down the plane without the aid of that butter knife, namely by simply pushing the stick forward and closing his eyes, or that there were literally dozens more of them waiting on the very plane he was about to go fly completely eluded the TSA agent.  

My sister has a ton of stories about the stupid TSA issues, and I myself just seem to have bad luck with them.  Meanwhile, while I live in Europe and travel regularly, I have never gotten more than a "can I take a look into your bag?  Then you, move along."

/my fellow countrymen have become a nation of bed wetters

CSB: A few years ago a TSA agent looked into my carry-on bag and found a bottle of shampoo or cologne or something that was more than 3 oz. Instead of confiscating it, he just yelled at me for a minute, and gave me a "don't you know you're not supposed to bring that on a plane" speech. Then he let me through anyway, with my >3 oz. of liquid. They truly are not interested in security, only in having authority over us lowly passengers.
2013-01-30 05:16:29 PM  
1 vote:

highendmighty: And how many more 9/11's have there been since the ban?
OK then.

Wouldn't that be 1 every year?
2013-01-30 04:55:13 PM  
1 vote:
The whole liquid explosives thing, i.e. TATP, doesn't seem like it would work very well.
2013-01-30 04:39:50 PM  
1 vote:
Well to be fair, the whole liquid rule came about because of the brits in August 2006.
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