Today, if you haven't heard, the Brits foiled a plot to blow up airliners on their way across the Atlantic. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the list of what you can and can't have on an airplane just got bigger. There are the normal:
- no guns
- no knives
- no scisors (wait…that is unless they are under 4 inches long)
- no bombs
But to that list, add:
- no water
- no pop (soda, coke, whatever you call it)
- no eye drops
- no and lotion
- no chapstic
- no toothpaste
- no deoderant
- no books
- no electronics
- no carry-ons
Well, those last three apply only to flights that originate in Great Britain, but the others are on the list anywhere.
In my mind, we are letting the terrorists win. This is what they want. I saw on another website this quote: If the terrorists invent explosive underwear, will we all have to fly naked? I don't get it. No one remembers the glory days of aviation any more. The days when planes had wicker seats and people dressed up to fly. The days when you could get a bed on a flight. The days when you didn't have to take your shoes off to go through security?
Oh well, I guess we'll all just have to get used to an increase in deep vein thrombosis. (just in case you don't know, one of the ways to help combat that disease is to not get dehydrated while on a plane. I don't know about you, but one of those little cups of water they give out on a plane isn't enough to keep me for 10 minutes….let alone an eight hour flight across the Atlantic).
Just to keep you interested, here is a link to an article on BoingBoing about the issue (there are several more, but due to the language, I won't link to them.