Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Come Back, Inspector Gadget!

“WASHINGTON - Passengers will be able to carry lotions and gels onto airliners again after a six-week ban — but only in tiny containers of 3 ounces or less and only if they're in clear zip-top plastic bags. Starting Tuesday, air travelers also will be able to buy drinks or other liquids or gels at shops inside airport security checkpoints and carry them on board under partially relaxed anti-terror rules. If a passenger brings a container larger than 3 ounces from outside, it will still have to be put in checked baggage. The outright ban on such carry-on items, ordered Aug. 10 after an alleged plot to bomb U.S.-bound jetliners was foiled, is no longer needed, TSA chief Kip Hawley said Monday. The FBI and other laboratories tested a variety of explosives and found that tiny amounts of substances - so small they fit into a quart-size plastic bag - can't blow up an airliner, Hawley said at a news conference at Reagan National Airport.”

Let me get this straight… it has taken the FBI six weeks to figure out that 3 ounces of shampoo will not blow up a commercial airliner. Golly, I feel so much safer I think I’ll sit right down and write out a big fat check to the Republican National Committee!