I watched a lengthy segment on the news the other day about the recent liquid explosives issue. We were told that airline passengers could no longer bring liquids, gels, etc. onto a plane as carry-on luggage, but rather should take such items on as checked-in baggage. Translation: Muslim terrorists are now required to load their liquid explosives onto your plane as check-in baggage. I guess that means they’ll need delayed or remote controlled detonators rather than manually operated ones. That’ll show ’em.
Effective August 10, 2006, the TSA has advised that travelers are not allowed to transport any liquids, gels, lotions, aerosols or similar items on their person or in their carry-on luggage. This includes items such as beverages, hairspray, toothpaste and shampoo. Customers are advised to transport these items in their checked luggage or discard them before entering the security checkpoints.
Emphasis mine. Seriously, am I missing something important here or is that insane? None of the news anchors appeared to think anything was odd about the story.
As a chronic pain sufferer/survivor, traveling is exhausting and painful for me. When I fly, I usually I wear my portable interferential stimulator unit (IFC) unit, for it helps ease neurological pain — http://www.csmc.edu/515.html#electro.
If I’m not wearing my IFC whilst traveling, I always keep it in my carry-on, just in case. Because sometimes, merely sitting for flight can cause agonizing pain.
Though my doc is writing me a note of medical necessity for the IFC, I have fears that his letter won’t do a thing.
Air travel should be interesting next week. If airport security takes my IFC and gel-coated electrodes, I’m going to call the local media, on-the-spot. I can’t imagine life without my IFC — I use it almost every day.
As usual, the above is an example of a cruel, unintended consequence of TSA idiocy.
Our current airport security is about making some people feel good. It’s not about increasing the safety of anyone.
And yes, Miss Cyborg, I suspect your doctor’s note will be insufficient. After all the terrorists could get their doctor to write a similar note for one of their fellow jihadists.