The 3-1-1 (3.4oz) Rule and How it Can Get you Killed.

January 22, 2010 at 10:08 am 7 comments

This rule has bothered me since the beginning.  As everyone knows the TSA instituted this rule in response to the UK Liquid Bombing plot a few years back. It states that a passenger can only carry liquid of 3.4 ounces or less and must fit comfortably in a quart size baggie (Freedom Bags). The reason for this is because it is believed this amount of liquid will not bring down an aircraft.

Now here’s the part that always bothered me and I don’t know why this has not been brought up in the past. The people who are carrying out Terrorist Acts are not stupid, not by a long shot. They have ranged from Students to Doctors both Male and Female. Now anyone with half a brain except, TSA management can figure this out. If I the Terrorists can only bring one baggie of liquid then I will simply bring a couple of friends with me. They as well, are allowed to bring a baggie of liquids through the checkpoint. After terrorist get through they can simply hand the bags to the person who is going to carry out the plot.The Terrorist would only have to sneak the explosive materials past the checkpoint because the other components needed for detonation can be purchased in the sterile area. That person can either mix the liquids and assemble the components before he gets on the plane or in the bathroom after he boards. After he is on board and the plane is in flight he last action would be to praise Allah and push the button. It really is just as simple as that.

So you may say “The TSA checks all liquids”. That is far from the truth. Next time your at a checkpoint look around. Most liquids are in a baggie but they are normally bursting at the seems. Think about how many time a screener has actually tested your liquids. I’m going to guess never. As long as they are out of your bag chances are it will go untested. There is no better way to hide something than by putting it in plain sight. I have seen this happen at the checkpoint time and time again. This is another concern I brought up to management and received no answer. This is nothing more than just a show and not real security. Unfortunately Americans will have to continue to endure this episode of “Security Theater” until the bad guys strike again.

I myself am ready for “Security Theaters”  second act.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AngryMiller  |  January 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    “TSA doesn’t check liquids” is quite true. They check the containers to make sure the containers can’t hold more than 100ml. They (sometimes) confiscate/require surrender of liquids if the liquids aren’t OEM labeled. All in all I think that people who get their liquids confiscated should remove the lids since the lids aren’t contraband and let TSA deal with the resulting mess and possible chemical reactions.

    • 2. sean5294  |  January 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      I really like that idea, They would not know what to do.

    • 3. Knut R  |  January 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      Keep the lids… brilliant. Confusion reigns.

  • 4. AngryMiller  |  January 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Posted that once over at PV. Needless to say Bob didn’t post it. No sense in giving anyone any ideas to mess with the checkpoint….

  • 5. sean5294  |  January 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I keep thinking about that idea. I might make a post about it. A passive resistance protest by the public would be great. I can’t even begin to thinks how they would handle that at a checkpoint. It would be a mess. Supervisors would have to get out from behind their desk and actually try to make a decision.

  • 6. AngryMiller  |  January 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Early Spring/Summer would be a great time. A bunch of fruit juice drinks, fruit flies and within a few short hours you have the checkpoint crawling with millions of fruit flies just out for a good time.

    Baking soda, acidic soft drink and shampoo? More bubbles than Lawrence Welk’s bubble machine.

    • 7. sean5294  |  January 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      I love it!!


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