Missing Your Liquids?
The Hong Kong International Airport joined the Liquid Ban Club the other day: The rules state . . . oh, you know the drill. Carry-on liquids, gels and their kin must be stored in containers no larger than three ounces, then placed in a clear, resealable quart-size bag. Separate the bag from your other belongings. Baby food, meds, etc., are exempt. And so on.
I am of two minds about this news. I fully support measures that boost our security, but I mourn the loss of what I once thought was an inalienable inflight right: to drink lots of (my own) bottled water, to wash my face with my foamy cleanser (they don't sell my brand in small bottles), to hydrate my skin with my favorite lotion, to eat a tub of Jell-O, if I so choose to. When I flew back from Japan last week, I was hardly surprised when the airport security official took away my water bottle, but was shocked when he returned it to me -- full! The Narita airport employs a bottle scanner that tests for explosives. (The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has been examining similar technology since 2004.) I enjoyed every last drop of that spring water on the flight home.
Since the liquid ban went into place here and in the EU, I just assumed everyone was doing it. Apparently not. According to Amy Kudwa, a TSA spokeswoman, each country sets its own airport security rules. Some countries' regulations are in agreement with ours (go here for a list of countries); others still allow me to eat Jell-O at high altitudes. Until we waive the ban or have a uniform policy worldwide, I might just have to spend a bit more time in Mongolia or Nepal.
Missing your liquids too?
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