Tuesday, October 31, 2006

To ban or not to ban?

Liquid ban on European airports?

But not a complete ban.

CNN writes about new Terror Alert™ Aug. 28.
Washington Post has news about lifting the ban on liquids in U.S on 26th of Sep. And British newspaper The Telegraph writes about it two days later.

But wait! BBC wrote about banning liquids in Europe the same way it was in the U.S. a day earlier than Telegraph knew about lifting the ban. So what's gonna happen to UK? They lift the ban and put it back? They just lift the ban? The ban is not lifted? I'm confused. Do they follow Europe or not? They are a part of EU, right? Or apart?

Why is it I'm getting a little funny feeling that it can't be coincidence that most of the airlines stop serving food and drinks on the house just recently? It's convenient for airlines; people can't bring their own cans of beer and bottles of water to the plain so they have to buy their drinks from the plane?

That can't be right, if you trust Scotsman. They say airlines and EU oppose total liquid ban. ...wait a second. Total liquid ban? Not partial ban... Oh, that's Sep. 6. ...couple of weeks before Washington Post and Telegraph writes about it.

Should ask Reuters about that anyways.

But what really confuses me is you can still bring 1dl of liquids that must fit into 1 litre transparent plastic bag. What's the purpose of this?

You still can bring your toothpaste, but you can't bring a can of soda?

What are you more afraid of?
100ml of Nitroglyserine or a can of beer?
100ml sodium cyanide or shaving gel?

Besides, these baggy pants kids wear nowadays. How do you prevent some hooligan smugglin' sum water in his pants? Train water dogs? Maybe they oughta bring some camels over. They sniff water better than dogs. I can't wait for the news headlines.

Thanks to customs' new water-camels, customs officers managed to capture 17 thirsty teenage water-smugglers today at Heatrow international airport.

I just don't get the point.


Anonymous said...

what if we work from what we know?

e.g. if you were to buy a bottle of wine from the dutyfree shop in an airport, rest assured that that bottle contains nothing else but the wine you intended buying in the first place.

does the airport shop import (?) the wine from a supplier on basis of trust? or does the airport scan or test the products themselves before it ends up on their shelves?

does a machine exist that can peer into a bottle of australian shiraz and tell if it's: the real thing, watered down or if it's indeed filled with 'one of a series of ingredients that when mixed together......' ??

or do we place our trust in the people who oversee the bottling of the beverages?

sounds like a bit of a grey area to me and when i start to think of how many different kinds of liquids one can buy at a dutyfree, and from how many different parts of the world these products came from... wow.

is there some kind of certification that when these liquids are bottled or canned they are indeed, 'airport ready'...??

does anybody know where i could perchase such a certificate so that i can take my own bottle of wine to my friends when i fly and not have to pay those ridiculously high 'taxfree' prices...


Don KeyShot said...

It makes as much sense as after the exploding shoes, one having to start wearing flip flops or fly barefoot...