Monday, September 25, 2006

Good Idea, Bad Idea - TSA style

So the TSA is changing some of the screening rules about liquids and gels at security checkpoints.
...most liquids and gels that air travelers purchase in secure areas of airports will now be allowed on planes. That means that after passengers go through airport security checkpoints, they can purchase liquids at airport stores and take them onto their planes, said the official.
Makes sense to me. If you purchase it in the airport and it's marked as such, I think it's pretty safe to say that there's no chemicals or explosives in it. Good Idea.
New procedures also were being announced for products like lip gloss and hand lotion that passengers bring to the airport. Previously, those liquids have been confiscated at security checkpoints. Now, the official said, those products will be put in clear plastic bags at the checkpoint, screened and returned to the passenger if they pass screening.
Um, pass screening for what? Are you going to have a GC-MS set up at screening and analyze the chemical composition of my lip gloss to make sure there are no foreign substances in it? Bad Idea. Note that I still think that the ban was overreacting in the first place. But this is yet another example of "security theater" - playing up to the American public while doing nothing to actually make us "safer."

So in conclusion, I think we get a net gain of zero in terms of "safety" but at least they won't take my killer lip gloss. I wonder if they're confiscating spinach at security or customs though?

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