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Now TSA wants to test passengers’ beverages at the gate?

posted at 12:48 pm on July 5, 2012 by

So, what’ll you have while you wait for your flight: beer, juice, cola, coffee, tea? The TSA is not buying, mind you, but inquiring minds at that agency want to know. In fact their curiosity is such that they want you to volunteer part of your drink so that they can test it at the gate. No, silly, they are not asking you to furnish them with a urine sample (at least not yet!).

What could they possibly be expecting to find? That is a question raised in a news report by Grand Junction, Colo., station KJCT, though answers are not forthcoming.

When asked about the curious policy, all the TSA would tell reporters was

TSA employees have many layers of security throughout airports. Passengers may be randomly selected for additional screening measures at the checkpoint or in the gate at any time.

Travelers interviewed in the newscast rightly insist that they are entitled to know what the agency is up to. Some argue that with the already exorbitant cost of airport snacks, the TSA should let them know before they purchase a beverage whether they are going to be required to relinquish a portion of it. I would take it a step further and say that if agents want a sip of my $5 drink, they should at least be willing to go halfsies on it.

I also think the TSA should come clean on the purpose of this latest intrusion. Are they envisioning enterprising terrorists infiltrating the gate area to plant explosive materials in a drink vendor’s fountain? It sounds preposterous, but if that’s the concern why not monitor the beverages at the point of sale?

Whatever the thinking, the agency only engenders more ill will when they add another “layer of security,” demand passengers compliance, and refuse to let them in on what they are being asked to comply with.

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Are they envisioning enterprising terrorists infiltrating the gate area to plant explosive materials in a drink vendor’s fountain? It sounds preposterous, but if that’s the concern why not monitor the beverages at the point of sale?

How about at the point of entry on to the airport?

rbj on July 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Why are they doing it?

Because they can.

DrAllecon on July 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Apparently they don’t trust their own security screening processes for getting into the “secure area” of the airport.

Or they’ve decided to enforce Bloomingidiotberg’s soda size limit on a national air traveler basis….

dentarthurdent on July 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

once the government is allowed to ignore the 4th Amendment…

i mean, they’re molesting small children and disabled older folks… there is nothing they won’t do- they feel in no way restrained by the constitution. they’ll do stuff for no reason now other than they can get away with it.

they’re nothing but lazy dumb donut swilling. porn surfing storm troopers.

mittens on July 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

curious if they’re gonna demand a portion of some diabetic’s insulin. Liquid is liquid right?

Stupid knee jerk idea. Reminds me of schools demanding clear book bags for security reasons, yet allow girls to still carry purses and students bring a lunch box if they desire.

Damn I hate liberals……

Renee on July 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong… you can’t bring a bottle of water through the security checkpoint (or a soda, or coffee, or beer, or anything in liquid form). In order to avoid becoming dehydrated while waiting for your flight, you now have to buy the over-inflated crappy no-name brand at the Hudson News stand, and now the TSA wants that?

What the hell happened to my country?

crazy_legs on July 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Apparently they don’t trust their own security screening processes for getting into the “secure area” of the airport.

dentarthurdent on July 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

This is exactly dead on! When the TSA doe not trust the TSA, why should I?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

This is stupid. You don’t have the TSA person test it, you have the passenger take a sip if you suspect it is contaminated somehow.

Slightly off topic: I will no longer fly anywhere, which I have found is a more and more common reaction. And some wonder why profits are down for the airlines. N.B., You can’t raise fees forever and not drive those that still fly away.

MunDane68 on July 5, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Next time I fly, I’m bringing a bottle of whizz with me, just for the TSA guy…

affenhauer on July 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I think the whole TSA thing is foolish, but:

There are certain dry ingredients, when mixed with a liquid, that become corrosive and/or explosive. I’m guessing the HS has heard of this possibility and is testing for that.

Just like the whole “liquids” thing, since terrorists were drilling a very fine hole in the bottom of the middle of the bottle, draining it and then filling it with explosive liquid.

Overblown threat that we don’t need a whole TSA for, but that’s how an oppressive federal government works.

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Dante on July 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Remember all the Democrat senators demanding we unionize the baggage screeners after 9/11? Here’s your result of unlimited power.

itsspideyman on July 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

ProfShadow on July 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

You really don’t have to be very clever to get around the sip your own drink either. Just put your high explosive into a sealed plastic container inside your Big Gulp.

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