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August 10, 2006

No Liquid in Carryon

U.S. air threat level raised to red

In light of British police breaking an airline bombing plot, U.S. officials Thursday raised the threat level for air transport to the highest, code red.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement passengers on all domestic and international flights would be banned from transporting any type of liquid or gel in their carry-on luggage. The ban applies to all types of beverages, shampoo, toothpaste, hair gels and other items of a similar consistency, the TSA announced.

Britain imposed similar bans with the exception of baby formula, which the traveler would have to prove safe by drinking some.

The move came after Scotland Yard announced the arrests of 21 people in London and Birmingham late Wednesday. They said intelligence indicated they were involved in a plot to simultaneously down as many as 10 U.S.-carrier flights from Britain to the United States using explosive liquids in carry-on baggage.

For any friends, relatives, and coworkers who were looking forward to me bringing homebrew the next time I come to visit? Sorry, not going to happen. I almost never take checked baggage, and don’t trust the TSA employees not to steal it anyway if I did. The last thing I need to see is some TSA lackey getting all messed up on my painstakingly-crafted homebrew.

Is it just me, or is this a little bit of an overreaction?

I did like this comment over at

Toothpase: $3.50
Hair Gel: $8.50
Bottle of Stone Double Bastard: $7

The gov./airlines thinking I can MacGyver a bomb out of these 3…priceless!

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:06 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || Trackback URL || Categories: News, Snark, Terrorism


  1. It’s still not clear, but I think they (i.e., US TSA/DHS) mean no liquids through security, but travelers can purchase, say, bottles of soda or water once they are past the checkpoint to bring on the plane.

    You simply cannot tell people on a transoceanic flight that they can’t have anything with them to drink. And the flight attendants are not going to keep the beverage cart out all through the flight. Even if it were feasible, the unions would forbid it.

    It’s simply not a viable option for any length of time.

    Even the U.K. will back down from their “no nothing” panic policy after a day or so.

    Comment by KipEsquire — August 10, 2006 @ 9:47 am
  2. Kip,

    I believe this is only for going through security, and you can still buy water/soda in the airport and take it on the plane.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — August 10, 2006 @ 9:52 am
  3. Brad,

    I cannot believe that the restrictions put in place today will be permanent. Its simply too impractical.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — August 10, 2006 @ 10:50 am
  4. Here’s a silly question: Why did they raise the alert AFTER they arrested the plotters? According to news reports, Bush and Blair were discussing this as early as last Sunday. Why not alert airline passengers then, instead of after.

    Comment by John Newman — August 10, 2006 @ 12:56 pm
  5. Brad,

    From our friends at the TSA:

    “Beverages purchased in the sterile area must be consumed before boarding because they will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.”

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — August 10, 2006 @ 1:28 pm
  6. Great… So that will kill the duty-free stores…

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — August 10, 2006 @ 1:45 pm
  7. Brad, I am glad that Bonnie is not traveling today. She always takes a bottle of Orzaka on the plane with her. I suppose that will change. I can understand the concern, especially since they are not sure if they captured all the suspects.

    I would rather be safe than sorry. Actually TF and I brought home a small ice chest from our trip to Vegas a few weeks ago. We had Dr. Pepper, orange juice and some cherries in there.

    I hope this all works out before I have to travel again.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — August 10, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

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