DHS Issues New Rules (Again) For Passengers, Following Nonsense Logic Akin To Believing One Can Be A Little Bit Pregnant
A rule such as, "Passengers can't bring liquids or gels on board an airplane," is easy to understand for passengers, and assuming airport screeners do their jobs, easy to achieve.
In the wake of the thwarted terrorist plan to use liquid explosives to blow up airplanes heading to the U.S. from London, most American can accept this gameplan. Long lines are a hassle, but Americans have been through this drill before. And until the Department of Homeland Security puts technology into U.S. airports to detect liquid explosives, a ban on liquids is probably the best answer.
But alas, the brain trust at DHS can't even get this one right.
The Associated Press reports this morning that DHS has changed the rules as to what can get on a plane and what can't. Apparently, the dunderheads at DHS are following the philosophy that you can be a "little bit pregnant."
The new game plan is to allow up to four ounces of liquid nonprescription medicine, glucose gel for diabetics; solid lipstick; and baby food.
But, and please try to follow the logic, DHS on Saturday added mascara to the list of banned items, which includes baby teethers with gel or liquid inside, children's toys with gel inside and gel candles.
So, people can bring aboard a little bit of liquid or gel, but not too much?
An expert on explosives, British professor Hans Michaels, told the International Herald Tribune last week that about five ounces of a powerful explosive like nitroglycerin might be enough to blow up an airplane. And the Londoners' plot apparently had terrorists working in teams, assembling their explosives on board.
So if you only need five ounces of liquid explosives to blow up a plane, why is DHS allowing a passenger to bring items that have several ounces of liquid in them?
Because the same terrorist who had planned to put liquid explosives into a 12-ounce can of soda could conceivably put those explosives into a six-ounce jar of baby food. The same terrorist who planned to carry on liquid explosives in the form of mascara could conceivably carry on liquid explosives in the form of lipstick.
Either DHS believes that a terrorist plot could still be carried out using liquid explosives, in which case it should ban all liquids, or it doesn't, in which case it should relax the rules accordingly. Being a "little bit pregnant" isn't a policy.