September 05, 2006

TSA Sanctions Mile High Club

I don't usually go to Neil Gaiman's site for new information about the war on terror, but he's got some, anyway. While he was looking through the list of proscribed items, he discovered that ... (rotflmao) ...

It's okay to bring up to 4 oz. of personal lubricant on a plane.

I could speculate further about who made the choice to leave this off the list and why, but you're just as capable of that as I am. The question I have to ask myself at this point is whether or not I have the guts to print out the list, buy a bottle of lube and try to brazen my way through security when I catch my next flight Thursday.

Posted by natasha at September 5, 2006 11:52 PM | War on Terrorism | Technorati links |

So, I had a 2 oz tube of makeup cream that the PDX security confiscated from my carryon bag. It definitely says something about the level of paranoia our government has today. If I knew I could have put it into another container, I would have been home free.

(BTW: What kind of mischief can one do with a 2 oz tube of cream????)

Posted by: Mary at September 6, 2006 12:55 AM

Some people need lube, e.g. K-Y Jelly, for medical procedures such as catheterizing themselves so they can pee. The TSA has had to make exceptions for diabetes related needs as well.

Posted by: Martin at September 10, 2006 06:25 AM

That's a good point, but things like this still highlight the theatrical nature of these restrictions. Nobody knows whether or not I might actually need lubricant, it isn't like they're going to have me drink the stuff or apply it in the security line, but a frappucino that I bought at the airport and would gladly drink right out in public view can't come on the plane with me.

It's a stupid rule that does nothing for our security, unless making everyone cranky somehow serves that goal. Every exception to the rule could be used by a terrorist if this was a real threat, which it isn't. Heck, there are countries on this planet that can't get hold of dialysis machines because of potential dual uses of the components.

A rule that can and will be abused, that can and will be made into a joke, is worse than useless. It's a direct diversion of resources from purposeful ends and that pisses me the heck off. But at the moment, I'd rather try to laugh about it.

Posted by: natasha at September 11, 2006 07:30 PM