Venezuela747
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Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:09 pm

So I wondering with my gf going back home this morning. I suggested she just take her empty water bottle and to refill it once she gets through security, she said it can't be done. So what happens if I bring an empty water bottle through security, will they taser me down or will they even care since its empty
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aviatortj
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RE: Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:17 pm

You can not take liquids through. You can take empty containers through.
 
KL577
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RE: Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:18 pm

I always take an empty water bottle, and have had no problems at security in many countries. Most airlines (of course full service carriers) will happily fill your empty water bottle once on board.
 
HT
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RE: Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:01 am

Quoting Venezuela747 (Thread starter):
I suggested she just take her empty water bottle and to refill it once she gets through security, she said it can't be done. So what happens if I bring an empty water bottle through security, will they taser me down or will they even care since its empty

In case it is an ordinary clear PET-bottle with a screw-cap, I suggest to keep the bottle unscrewed in order to show that you are not transporting any colorless gas in that bottle.
Have the inside of the bottle dry and free from any residue which could be subjected to being a (forbidden) chemical.

Have it out of your bag (or similar) when approaching the screening station.

Act proactively and show what you are transporting, rather than tuck away that bottle in your bag, have the screeners find it on their X-ray leading to a need of searching the bag and the follow on effects (like delay of yourself and fellow pax).

That way you should be fine.
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Jeremy
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RE: Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:46 am

Quoting AviatorTJ (Reply 1):
You can take empty containers through.

Not always.

They (the TSA) took my empty water bottle from me a few weeks ago, saying it was a no-no.
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RE: Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:06 am

Quoting HT (Reply 3):

Have the inside of the bottle dry and free from any residue which could be subjected to being a (forbidden) chemical.

Exactly. It's tough to remove that last 0.1mL of liquid. If the container is bigger than 100mL and not in a magic plastic bag, it's not allowed. It seems that by putting that 0.1mL in a <100mL container, the same residue is no longer a potential hazard. Chemistry is pretty complicated; I'm glad we have smart chemists at the TSA to figure these things out for us.

Now about that sweat on your brow... it's not in a 100mL container.
 
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RE: Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:13 am

We're allowed to let empty water bottles go through. filled ones must be dumped or tossed.

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HT
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RE: Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:59 am

Quoting Analog (Reply 5):
Now about that sweat on your brow... it's not in a 100mL container.

Neither are those liquids inside one's body ... Big grin
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RE: Empty Water Bottle Throguh TSA?

Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:27 am

I got a couple mini cans of coke through by being really nice. I had forgotten about them (got them inside security in the AF lounge at CDG) and was rechecking at EWR. They at first said no, I said I understood and that "you guys can drink them then" and they said they couldn't do that either, even though they'd like to. So I went along my way, and then one lady came running after me and said the supervisor was doing a waiver because they were so close to 100ml and obviously not dangerous (sealed, not heavy, no residue after swab).

When I got the the president's club, I noticed that I had also forgotten about a 1/2L bottle of water in my carry on from the AF lounge, and they missed that entirely.

A lot of it has to do with the people involved. It's somewhat random, but for security purposes, randomness is a valuable tool. Consistency helps the baddies plan and find holes. Randomness makes large scale infiltration harder.
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