Rant: I just found out I could’ve brought a lighter and I’m pissed
I know this might not be news to everybody, but this is from the Travel Tips e-mail I received from Northwest Airlines a few minutes ago. I guess I never read it very closely before, not that there’s anything I could do about it anyway other than express my right of free speech.
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Northwest Airlines Reminds Customers of Updates to the TSA Security Requirements
Summary of Security Directive Changes for Flights departing from and within the U.S.
- Effective November 10, 2006, the TSA has advised that travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3.4 ounces / 100 mil or less ) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic re-sealable bag.At the security checkpoint passengers will be asked to remove the clear plastic re-sealable bag from their accessible baggage and place it in a separate bin or on the conveyor belt for screening. X-raying these items separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. In addition, prescription liquid, gel and aerosol medications, baby formula/milk/food, and diabetic glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for additional screening if they are not included in the ONE QUART clear plastic re-sealable bag.
- Mothers flying with or without their child are permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint. There is no upper limit to the amount they can check. TSA will apply a “reasonableness check”. This policy applies to breast milk only and does not include baby formula.
- Effective August 4, 2007, The TSA will no longer ban common lighters in carry-on luggage. Torch lightersremain banned in carry-ons. Torch lighters create a thin, needle-like flame that is hotter (reaching 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit) and more intense than those of common lighters. Passengers traveling internationally may be subject to different restrictions based on that country’s laws.
- Passengers who attempt to bring undeclared liquids, gels, or aerosols into the sterile area without providing to the TSA for separate screening may be subjected to secondary screening.
- Passengers who purchase liquids, gels, and/or aerosols in the sterile area are now allowed to take them onboard the aircraft.
- Duty Free liquids, gels, and/or aerosols purchased inside the sterile area may be brought onboard the aircraft by passengers, and no longer must be delivered to the aircraft.
So I have to spend extra money buying tiny tubes of toothpaste that will fit in a 1 quart bag and extra money on tiny little plastic containers (that invariably leak) then transfer my dangerous shampoo, conditioner, tea tree face wash and suspicious jojoba oil into them and possibly spend more money buying new toiletries if I run out wherever I’m going, and I have to buy a $3 bottle of water on the other side of the checkpoint, and women with children who don’t breast feed have to buy a $3 bottle of water and try to mix formula in the airport bathroom — is Mom supposed to pack a funnel? I don’t think babies should be on planes, but if they’re going to be there we should do everything possible to keep them happy and quiet, like having their baby formula be exactly the same as usual . . .
But a LIGHTER that MAKES FIRE is okay?
Don’t forget to declare your hair gel, but lighter fluid? No problem! It’s not like it’s potentially explosive or flammable or something.
Just as long as everybody at the airport is walking around in their sock footies we’ll be fine.