How to get a 200ml bottle of liquid onto a plane

With all of these restrictions in size on containers of liquids and boarding a plane, people are having a hard time transporting things like bottles of wine, etc.

So far my observations have been that if you board a plane at a suitable airport then the way to do this is to say "No" when asked if you're carrying any liquids in your carry on luggage. The only problem I've had has been tooth paste, so my approach is now to buy a small thing of toothpaste at my destination and throw the unused contents out.

Airports where this approach will have failed are:

  • Hong Kong (last USA bound transit, September 2006)
  • Los Angeles (last transit, November 2006)
  • Melbourne (last USA transit, October 2006)

Some where this will work are:

  • San Francisco
  • San Diego

And how many planes have dropped out of the sky because of bombs being made from liquids carried onto a plane? 0.

Of course I don't blame the ground staff at all for their approach to the situation - this is a most absurd restriction on travellers and does nothing except make it take longer for people to get through security checkpoints at airports.

Oh, as for this being terrorist advice, I'm pretty sure that if anyone was actually planning a terrorist activity that they'd work out which airports were "favourable" for getting someone past the security checkpoint with whatever it is they're not supposed to have when they're on a plane - without needing to read this.

Comments:

The issue is the unpredictability of the same airport. Sometimes you pass, sometime you are stopped and searched. This randomness makes you evaluate the risk of losing whatever you are bringing.
The person right before me surrendered his toothpaste and I, having almost the same, passed without even a pause.

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on March 27, 2007 at 04:05 PM PDT #

You are dead right the whole thing is just a waste of time and a PR stunt to show you what a great job they are doing for us! It is all part of the Big Brother Times we live in.

Posted by Andrew Watkins on March 27, 2007 at 10:05 PM PDT #

I don't think potential terrorists are reading Sun-weblogs...

Posted by SwitchBL8 on July 30, 2007 at 10:07 PM PDT #

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