According to the TSA web site:

  1. Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag.
  2. After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.

Is this going to make a difference? We are still trying to balance security with convenience as we have been for years and years. I was traveling recently and waited in line with a commercial pilot. He said “security is good, but a determined attacker has a number of ways of smuggling things onto an airplane.

He gave an example saying that it’s much easier for an attacker to cut the fence late at night and smuggle things onto the airfield. He also said it’s rather easy for someone to become employed with an airline. Why are we taking such tyrannical actions against the passengers and not taking measures to protect the airfield or more stringent screening of employees.  Are employees permitted to take gels and liquids onto the airfield?

If most corporate security compromises originate from internal employees then why are we not focusing airline security measures on the airline and airport employees instead of the consumers?  I would like to see a more holistic security approach instead of just the reacionary emasures now in place.

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