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10 August 2006 @ 09:32 am
Dept of Homeland Security  
Department of Homeland Security Raises Alert Levels to Red and Orange

As you are probably aware worldwide air travel has been thrown into chaos following the UK terror alert and closure of London's Heathrow airport to incoming short-haul flights.

The Department of Homeland Security is advising all travelers on commercial U.S. carriers and on all flights into the US, be aware of the following changes to airport screening procedures:

Effective Immediately: NO LIQUIDS OR GELS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED IN CARRY ON BAGGAGE. ITEMS MUST BE IN CHECKED BAGGAGE. This includes all beverages, shampoo, sun tan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency. Exception: Baby formula and medicines must be presented for inspection at the checkpoint. Beverages purchased in the boarding area (beyond the checkpoint) must be consumed before boarding because they will not be permitted on board the aircraft. Passengers traveling from the U.K. to the U.S. will be subject to a more extensive screening process. These measures will be constantly evaluated and updated when circumstances warrant.

If you have questions or concerns, please call our agents at (425) 822-2333 or 1-800-678-8202.
RocketGirl: Angryeonen on August 10th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

Before that started X-raying them, they used to make people take their laptops out and turn 'em on, to make sure it really was a laptop, and not a doomsday device cunningly disguised as a laptop.
I say we take that page from the playbook back out and reuse it:

"Ma'am, take the Mountain Dew container out of your carry-on bag."
"Open it, please."
"Now take a big swig."
"Ma'am, please swallow."
"Okay, it's Mountain Dew and not nitroglycerine. You can get on the plane. NEXT!"

This culture of fear is really starting to piss me off.
Turtle: turtleturtlegrrl13 on August 10th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
All of this just blows my mind. Wow, what a world these days.