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(Politico)   Are mashed potatoes a solid, liquid, or gel? Here's a former TSA agent's take on this VERY important question   (politico.com) divider line 66
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2014-03-31 05:13:44 PM  

groppet: I can fool the TSA a few weeks ago I had these fried mashed potatos. They were awesome, crispy on the outside gooey mashed potato goodness on the inside, with a dipping sauce that could be called a liquid.


I brought McDonald's Curry dipping sauce back from Singapore. They're under 3oz, so I put them in my quart bag through TSA.
 
2014-03-31 05:32:08 PM  

Jument: Skyd1v: FTFA:   "It's 2010, and a passenger is trying to bring her live goldfish through security. One of my co-workers informs her that the fish can go through but the water cannot."

Comedy gold right there.

That got me thinking... the human body is something like 72% water so shouldn't it be illegal to take your body through the security checkpoint unless packaged in 100 mL containers?


www.startrek.com

Not only would it be safer, but think of all the fuel savings!
 
2014-03-31 05:33:12 PM  

MugzyBrown: Skyd1v: FTFA:   "It's 2010, and a passenger is trying to bring her live goldfish through security. One of my co-workers informs her that the fish can go through but the water cannot."

Comedy gold right there.

Can a goldfish survive in some mystery exploding liquid?

I think the fact that there's a live goldfish in there is evidence it's safe.


And that, my friends, is the difference between MugzyBrown and the average TSA agent.
 
2014-03-31 05:34:36 PM  

ChipNASA: Anayalator: If I'd known it was gonna be this kind of party...
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what is this I don't even
 
2014-03-31 05:40:54 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: MugzyBrown: Skyd1v: FTFA:   "It's 2010, and a passenger is trying to bring her live goldfish through security. One of my co-workers informs her that the fish can go through but the water cannot."

Comedy gold right there.

Can a goldfish survive in some mystery exploding liquid?

I think the fact that there's a live goldfish in there is evidence it's safe.

Unless it's a mechanical goldfish.


Do androids dream of electric sheep on long flights?
 
2014-03-31 05:41:35 PM  

ebenbane: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: MugzyBrown: Skyd1v: FTFA:   "It's 2010, and a passenger is trying to bring her live goldfish through security. One of my co-workers informs her that the fish can go through but the water cannot."

Comedy gold right there.

Can a goldfish survive in some mystery exploding liquid?

I think the fact that there's a live goldfish in there is evidence it's safe.

Unless it's a mechanical goldfish.

/"I'm going to eat you, little fishie!"

Be careful of your teeth, if you break one I might explode


And gazpacho soup is RIGHT OUT.
 
2014-03-31 05:54:24 PM  

iheartscotch: BizarreMan: Who takes mashed potatoes on a plane?

Counter-point:

Why wouldn't you take mashed potatoes onto a plane? What if you get hungry?


You might as well face it.
 
2014-03-31 06:07:25 PM  

ChipNASA: Anayalator: If I'd known it was gonna be this kind of party...
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Well.

....

That happened....
 
2014-03-31 07:05:50 PM  

Far Cough: The Jami Turman Fan Club: he only time I've ever been happy about the TSA was when somebody tried to bring on a giant mixing bowl full of soup, with only saran wrap to keep it from getting onto the other passengers. Old people really don't seem to care about other people very much.

And that would probably have been blocked from the plane even if TSA had never existed.


Cool Pre-TSA Story:  My dad once brought two 1-gallon milk jugs filled with white lightning as a carry-on from Raleigh NC to Sacramento CA in a brown paper shopping bag.  One of the containers was even leaking.  Nobody batted an eyelash.

/so 1988
 
2014-03-31 07:36:04 PM  

ebenbane: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: MugzyBrown: Skyd1v: FTFA:   "It's 2010, and a passenger is trying to bring her live goldfish through security. One of my co-workers informs her that the fish can go through but the water cannot."

Comedy gold right there.

Can a goldfish survive in some mystery exploding liquid?

I think the fact that there's a live goldfish in there is evidence it's safe.

Unless it's a mechanical goldfish.

/"I'm going to eat you, little fishie!"

Be careful of your teeth, if you break one I might explode


Yup. If Al Qaida's cunning plan ever extends to watching Red Dwarf, the TSA will never know what hit them.

(As long as they can come up with a Jupiter Mining Corp. ship and time echoes.)
 
2014-03-31 07:39:19 PM  

ciberido: Jument: Skyd1v: FTFA:   "It's 2010, and a passenger is trying to bring her live goldfish through security. One of my co-workers informs her that the fish can go through but the water cannot."

Comedy gold right there.

That got me thinking... the human body is something like 72% water so shouldn't it be illegal to take your body through the security checkpoint unless packaged in 100 mL containers?



Not only would it be safer, but think of all the fuel savings!


They only allow those through the gate if it's a flight to the Andromeda Galaxy.
 
2014-03-31 11:17:36 PM  
Because of the matrix formed by the starches in potatoes, this is technically a colloidal suspension.

Of course, you can't understand a TSA agent to understand this.
 
2014-03-31 11:24:21 PM  
Came for http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/archive/t-720234.html

Have to post my self,    Duck the US for letting somebody take my hand carried cheese,

Main point.

I'm not a person that get upset in general but after a long flight and 3h stop over its a bit easyer to get annoyed, when the staff found my cheese
and I was told to remove it and dump it I did get angry, well now I'm not a expect in air safety and have never claimed to be, but I asked to see the rules that prevented me from carry cheese in my carry on bag.

If you been in Thailand before you might have guess that no rule in print was given to me, not in english or in Thai ( I don't read Thai ) and I was to accept the word of staff who told me this is a new rule, and just dump 150USD of gourmet cheese that I have been hand carrying the last 16h

I think that asking for the rules to be verified was not unreasonable request until they called armed guards to surround me I guess because they think that most none Thais get scared of this show of forces and just give in, I don't and still asked for the rule in text or any other information that might verify the claim making my cheese a danger to the coming flight also informing staff that I passed other safety checks and was in transit, had I been provided with the rule, well then its not a issue! I would then have given up my cheese no problem.
 
2014-03-31 11:52:20 PM  

cefm: And yet there never seemed to be any question as to whether or not they were in fact mashed potatoes.....


This is the 300-pound gorilla that everyone seems to be ignoring.
 
2014-04-01 12:13:06 AM  

Alien Robot: cefm: And yet there never seemed to be any question as to whether or not they were in fact mashed potatoes.....

This is the 300-pound gorilla that everyone seems to be ignoring.


Please explain. As far as I know there can be "no question" that a 64 ounce bottle contains ordinary hand soap, but it still ain't gettin' on the plane...
 
2014-04-01 05:27:04 AM  

Far Cough: Alien Robot: cefm: And yet there never seemed to be any question as to whether or not they were in fact mashed potatoes.....

This is the 300-pound gorilla that everyone seems to be ignoring.

Please explain. As far as I know there can be "no question" that a 64 ounce bottle contains ordinary hand soap, but it still ain't gettin' on the plane...


They won't let the hand soap on the plane because it might be a precursor chemical for making a binary bomb. In this case, even the TSA agent acknowledged that the substance was indeed mashed potatoes. Therefore, why not let it aboard? It's not a bomb precursor chemical, a fact which everyone recognized, and not a threat to the safety of the aircraft.
 
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