skyguyB727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3683 times:
Today while going through a TSA airport checkpoint, I saw the man ahead of me pull a gallon size (not quart) zip top bag chock full of containers of liquids out of his bag and put it in the screening tray. No one from the TSA batted an eye. Not one TSA officer commented on the excess quantity of liquids/gels even though the bag was in full view to everyone.
After I passed through, I asked two TSA officers if the rules had changed. They said the size of the bag and the size of the containers inside the bag do not matter. They said the only thing that matters is how much liquid/gel is inside each containter. They told me that the x-ray allowed them to see if the containers were half full, 1/4 full, or whatever. Based on what they saw on the x-ray, they could determine the quantity of liquid inside each container.
They also told me that the liquid restriction depends on the airport. They actually said that some airports don't care about liquids/gels at all.
When the TSA first implemented the liquid/gel restriction, a TSA officer once told me that no container over 100 ml was allowed through a checkpoint even if it was completely empty and bone dry at the time. He told me specifically that if, at any time in the past, a container held more than 100 ml of a liquid, the empty container could not be brought through a checkpoint. Contrast that with what I was told by the TSA today. It's no wonder people are confused. Can anyone explain this inconsistency?
ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21712 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3673 times:
from what I understand, they are worried about total quantity and the ability to mix it effectively. But considering those who are on the front lines are not trained chemists or experienced bomb makers, not sure how any judgment call they make, even if based on training or a manual, can be anything but theater. And considering you can buy larger containers in the airport, mixing really isn't that much of a problem for those inclined.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
USAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3406 times:
I found that at 99% of airports I fly out of, the TSA could care less about liquids...I don't know why they still have that rule. I pack full size bottles in my carry-ons all the time, and I have only been stopped once, and even then they let me pass with the shampoo bottle after "inspection".
FlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1966 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3256 times:
TSA official policies according to their website are not airport specific but nation-wide. They also say that there are things that are up to the discresion of the officer. Also with liquids I find that the smaller airports are the most strict when "enforcing" the size limits where as the larger ones give a little more lattitude.
skywaymanaz From United States of America, joined May 2012, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3059 times:
I once got a stern lecture from a TSA screener that my bag was to large even though contents were in full compliance with 3-1-1. It seemed more power trip to me then trying to be helpful but what can one do? I'm sure TSA would have responded to a complaint by saying he was following all rules and procedures correctly. When that rule started it took me forever to get used to taking the little baggie out and half the time I just forgot and was never caught. I usually carry Listerine breath strips in my pocket and I can't tell you how many times that's come up on pat down that I didn't take them out. Very easy item to miss. My last trip I forgot to take my square plastic letter opener out of my GPS bag and leave it home. Now that was really dumb of me. I love that letter opener. I could have had it taken away, but it slipped right thru airports in 4 states. Long story short some of these things are much easier to see in the X-ray then others. From my dated 25 years ago doing the airport security job in another era perspective a full tube of toothpaste or pinky fingernail size letter opener razor blade probably isn't that easy to see but I wouldn't knowingly risk it. I've criticized foolish TSA policies and abusive behavior from the screeners on numerous occasions but can't condone anyone attempting to circumvent them.
Maverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5882 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2393 times:
Quoting skyguyB727 (Thread starter): When the TSA first implemented the liquid/gel restriction, a TSA officer once told me that no container over 100 ml was allowed through a checkpoint even if it was completely empty and bone dry at the time