don’t drink and fly

If you’re flying today, get ready for a wait. Passengers at MSP are lining up for long waits as the TSA has banned all liquids from flights and ramped up searches. No one can bring any drinks, shampoo, creams, hair gel or other liquids on board planes. Items will be tossed by TSA Officials at checkpoints, including screening at the gates.

Northwest is telling passengers to arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to domestic flights. Vehicles at MSP are also subject to random searches, which should be great for the 2-lane freeway feeding the building. There will also be guards with guns and search dogs, even though the search dogs probably aren’t trained to pick up specific liquid chemicals inside plastic bottles. But I’m no dog trainer. And those things are scary, anyways.

This is in response to the botched terrorist attempt by what seems to be british muslims to bring liquids on board that alone would be benign, but together could be explosive.

This should be interesting, as I am flying to Montana tonight. I always pack some water and my toiletries in my carry-on. sometimes I don’t check a bag at all. It’s so weird to be thinking about not being able to bring water onto the plane.

10 Comments so far

  1. Lex (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    Oh, that’s bloody perfect.

    I’m flying out in … 4 hours, and now I’ll have to dump all my toiletries? Jesus.

  2. Erica (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:00 pm

    I’m flying out next Tuesday. They’ll probably clear the terrorist threat up just in time for the Northwest flight attendants to strike.

  3. Urgewyrm (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

    Wow, what a bunch of bullshit. They should just ban carry ons in general at this point, it would be easier.

    I guess if they did that then you wouldn’t constantly be reminded that OMGTERRISTS might blow everybody up at any given moment.

    Speaking of, where did Nate’s post go regarding this site? I see it’s been deleted.

  4. Jusitn (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

    Haha. So true, Erica. I guess they’re trying to develop screening so eventually we will be able to carry our drinks on board. We’d have to if we didn’t have the attendants serving us pop.

  5. Justin (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

    ACtually, in the UK they were banning all carry ons for a while, if I remeber correctly. They had to carry all neccesary items (passport, etc.) in clear plastic bags.

  6. Justin (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    Also – you can’t bring onboard stuff you bought after checkpoints in the airport on either. No liquid is ok.

  7. w.oods (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    The airlines probably hate this as much as you and I do. They just want to move customers and make money(or try to).

    If they banned me from carrying on my laptop I will stop flying.

    Checking my laptop is not an option when I have to travel. I do not trust the screeners with my computer. The data it contains is to valuable to my company.

    Just think of all the miss-placed/stolen laptops that had vital bank or personal records in the last year.

  8. Heather K (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

    I agree that the airlines most likely hate this too. And think about the vendors in the airports: their beverage and toiletry sales just plummeted!

  9. Dave Dash (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!








  10. Rohan (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

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