Britain Thwarts Plot to Bomb U.S.-Bound PlanesThat's serious stuff, of course, but I can't help thinking about how frickin' AWFUL it would be to have to fly anywhere under the restrictions the article mentions:
Air Travel Snarled as New Security Measures Enacted
British authorities said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the United States using explosives smuggled in carry-on luggage. Security was raised to its highest level in Britain, and carry-on bags were banned on all flights. Huge crowds backed up at London's Heathrow airport as officials searching for explosives barred nearly every form of liquid outside of baby formula.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the terrorists planned to use liquid explosives disguised as beverages and other common products and set them off with detonators disguised as electronic devices.
In response to the elevated terror threat, the TSA has implemented the following security measures on all flights.
BANNED:I thought I heard that there'd be no electronic devices allowed, either. It's hard to imagine how many people I'd have to choke if I couldn't withdraw into my own little musical world or drink my own beverages.
· Liquids or gels of any kind in carry-on luggage. Items must be checked.
· This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency.
· Baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or child is traveling.
· Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket, and insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines.
Also, the way these airlines handle luggage makes me extremely reluctant to "check" my baggage with them. I always do the carry-on luggage thing because I want to avoid the hassle AND I like it when my underwear ends up in the same city I do.
What a mess.