Liquids and Gels

Whenever the Transportation Security Agency, it seems the ridicule follows, perhaps because there’s so much they do that people find ridiculous.

Take the new...

Whenever the Transportation Security Agency, it seems the ridicule follows, perhaps because there’s so much they do that people find ridiculous.

Take the new screening rules at airports, which have recently been “modified” for the umpteenth time. Now carrying small amounts of liquids through airport screening checkpoints is OK, just as it’s now OK to bring through small metal items like nail clippers, along with books of matches (but not lighters).

For more on the latest rules see here.

The changing rules about airport screening obviously leave the agency with an image problem, and a lot of explaining to do. Remember, for example, when a Russia commercial aircraft was blown up by Chechen women carrying explosives in their bras. For a time, random TSA searches of women included feeling around women’s chests, to see if they were packing any plastic explosives there. That practice seems to have quietly disappeared.

But maybe some credit should go to the agency for being willing to alter its practices after an initial clampdown, whether it involves metal grooming implements or liquids and gels.

And the TSA Web site is not bad – it very clearly describes the latest on what can and can’t be brought through checkpoints, including a large, colorful photo of a sample plastic baggie filled with toiletries of allowable sizes, as well as various videos showing people following proper protocol in passing through security.

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