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January, 2010

Confiscated Liquids

The hypocrisy of confiscating 'potentially hazardous' liquids at airport security checkpoints.
I know everyone has read plenty about how awful and stupid aiport security policies are, but this post from the New York Times Jet Lagged blog (which I didn't know existed) includes a point I hadn't considered:
The three-ounce container rule is silly enough -- after all, what's to stop somebody from carrying several small bottles each full of the same substance -- but consider for a moment the hypocrisy of T.S.A.'s confiscation policy. At every concourse checkpoint you'll see a bin or barrel brimming with contraband containers taken from passengers for having exceeded the volume limit. Now, the assumption has to be that the materials in those containers are potentially hazardous. If not, why were they seized in the first place? But if so, why are they dumped unceremoniously into the trash? They are not quarantined or handed over to the bomb squad; they are simply thrown away. The agency seems to be saying that it knows these things are harmless. But it's going to steal them anyway, and either you accept it or you don't fly.
Yeah, that's pretty dumb.
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