TSA Prohibits Carry-On Liquids (including wine)

In light of recent disrupted terrorist plots to detonate liquid explosives in commercial airlines, the Transportation Security Administration is implementing the following security procedures effective immediately:

NO LIQUIDS OR GELS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED IN CARRY-ON BAGGAGE. ITEMS MUST BE IN CHECKED BAGGAGE. This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency.

This includes “all beverages” with the sole exceptions of baby formula, breast milk or juice (in the presence of a small child or baby). Expect to send your onsite purchase of wine below deck, or dumped out.

After September 11th, President Bush signed legislation allowing the shipment of “onsite” purchases in certain states to help avoid the need to carry on bulky wine packages. It looks like this provision will certainly come in handy for the wine industry’s tourists in the foreseeable future.

A response from the common carriers assisting in this matter is expected.

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