Airline Security Liquids Restrictions are Pointless
The Transportation Security Agency (TSA), like most other places in the world, seems to feel compelled to limit the type or amount of fluids that you can pass through security with and bring on board an airplane. These regulations (below) are absolutely pointless.
- All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.
- All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
- Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.
There are exceptions for baby formula, breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
I find it absolutely baffling that anyone would've even approved this song and dance of inconvenience in the first place, let alone for it to become a global standard.
Let me paint this picture for you: Let's say that I've got two odorless chemicals that, when mixed in sufficient quantity, will blow a nice chunk out of a plane at altitude. To store these chemicals, I create a simple container made out of Ziploc sandwich bags, and tape a quantity of them to my thighs—maybe I get a friend booked on the same flight to do the same.
We wear loose-fitting sweatpants, pass our carryon bags through the X-ray machine, and walk through the metal detector, unchallenged. Once in flight—boom.
Guess what: The liquids used—not metallic.
And until you start using a "backscatter" full body scanner in conjunction with this regulation, the value of such a course of action is absolutely zero—nothing more than an annoyance.