Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson

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No water or toothpaste allowed on planes

Effective today the TSA is disallowing water, other beverages, toothpaste, suntan lotion, and hair gel in carry on luggage. Apparently, the British uncovered a plot to blow up some airplanes flying UK to the US and the alleged plan was to smuggle in liquid or gel explosives in this way.

This bites!

One guy lights his shoes on fire on a plane and millions of people now walk barefoot through airport security. Now, I can't even carry my bottle of water with me through security, nor can I buy one in the airport and bring it onto the _plane_. And never mind the now impossibility of having only carry-on luggage for any sort of overnight trip: toothpaste, deodorant, hair products, all off limits.

Disallowing these items in carry-on luggage, and the 1hr+ lines in security as _everyone_ debates with screeners about whether they can be permitted to do so, aren't what makes me the most angry. What makes me the most angry is that just a few _dozen_ stupid people in the world have taken action that have made me and _millions_ of other people that much unhappier today and for weeks, perhaps indefinitely, to come. Damn them.
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