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1. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 26 Feb '12 17:12

What is it with airport security and water? I understand that there are things such as liquid binary explosives, but if someone had the knowledge to produce such explosives, it seems they would have thought of many other ways around getting the stuff on board, other than just walking through security with it in a water bottle. So what’s up with not being allowed to bring water through the security check point, only to be offered it in the departure lounge for 3 times the price? Is that the answer. It’s just a way to boost profits for the high rent shops in the departure lounges? Or is something more devious at hand. Is this a way to dupe passengers into thinking, “wow he took my water, this flight must be so safe!” What really is the purpose of airport security, and does taking your bottle of water make you feel any safer? It seems airport security has become a necessary evil, which pumps itself up to try to show it's worth it, by harassing people for no good reason.

It doesn’t help that there seems to be no hard or fast rules, or at least rules that are abided by. In K/L I’ve always walked through with water bottles visible and no one said a word. But then on a recent trip when I had a long flight and loaded up with 2 bottles, I was stopped going through the xray and told to get rid of the water bottle I had in my bag. I took one out and dumped it, and still went through with the other. Then in New Zealand I had a cup of coffee which before I even got to the xray the security guy motioned to me to hand it to him, where he handed it back to me on the other side of the xray machine! Gota love the common sense you find in NZ!

So what do you think about having your water taken at the airport?

2. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member, 410 posts) 26 Feb '12 21:45

I took a bottle of maple syrup, once (bought at the duty free shop at the previous airport). The security guy poured some of it out on the counter, then tried to light it, using the lighter he'd confiscated from another passenger. Of course, it didn't light on fire. But what if it had? What was his plan then? What an idiot!

And he still confiscated it!

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Feb-2012, at 21:46 by madpoet ]

3. Posted by lindalucky123 (Inactive, 67 posts) 26 Feb '12 23:25

Quoting Dodger

What is it with airport security and water? I understand that there are things such as liquid binary explosives, but if someone had the knowledge to produce such explosives, it seems they would have thought of many other ways around getting the stuff on board, other than just walking through security with it in a water bottle. So what’s up with not being allowed to bring water through the security check point, only to be offered it in the departure lounge for 3 times the price? Is that the answer. It’s just a way to boost profits for the high rent shops in the departure lounges? Or is something more devious at hand. Is this a way to dupe passengers into thinking, “wow he took my water, this flight must be so safe!” What really is the purpose of airport security, and does taking your bottle of water make you feel any safer? It seems airport security has become a necessary evil, which pumps itself up to try to show it's worth it, by harassing people for no good reason.

It doesn’t help that there seems to be no hard or fast rules, or at least rules that are abided by. In K/L I’ve always walked through with water bottles visible and no one said a word. But then on a recent trip when I had a long flight and loaded up with 2 bottles, I was stopped going through the xray and told to get rid of the water bottle I had in my bag. I took one out and dumped it, and still went through with the other. Then in New Zealand I had a cup of coffee which before I even got to the xray the security guy motioned to me to hand it to him, where he handed it back to me on the other side of the xray machine! Gota love the common sense you find in NZ!

So what do you think about having your water taken at the airport?

i'm afraid it's impossible as i have tried twice.they all confiscated by the ariport guys.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5577 posts) 27 Feb '12 04:46

The dumbest was in Hong Kong where I bought a bottle of water in one of the duty free shops after going through the security check, only to have it taken from me in the 'tunnel' into the plane at some ad hoc extra check they had there.

It's not such a big deal on the Asian airlines in the end because they all have great customer service and give you access to plenty of water all flight long, but it still had me annoyed...

But of course in general I'm happy they all try and keep an eye out!

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 27 Feb '12 06:12

Quoting madpoet

I took a bottle of maple syrup, once (bought at the duty free shop at the previous airport). The security guy poured some of it out on the counter, then tried to light it, using the lighter he'd confiscated from another passenger. Of course, it didn't light on fire. But what if it had? What was his plan then? What an idiot!

And he still confiscated it!

You should have backed off away from him, covering your upper body with your arms, when he tried to light it.

6. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 27 Feb '12 10:10

I love when they've just watched you drink half the bottle while in line, talking with them, and still make you toss it in the trash. Yup, I've just ingested a liquid binary explosive (tasty) and you're going to still allow me on the plane with 3 lighters because they are now allowed on some flights!

Can't wait to see what they do when I bring homemade sandwiches, pickles and potato chips along to avoid the 'meal for purchase' clause. So far, have not had a problem with it but the water/soda have always been the 'big threat' to be trashed.

We've had the shoe bomber and the underpants bomber - neither successful. I doubt bread, salami, mayo, mustard, pickles and chips will work either as I plan to eat them. (In front of the TSA person, if required. At least I will have had my 'not purchased' meal and it tasted like real food.)

7. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 28 Feb '12 13:28

Quoting Sam I Am

The dumbest was in Hong Kong where I bought a bottle of water in one of the duty free shops after going through the security check, only to have it taken from me in the 'tunnel' into the plane at some ad hoc extra check they had there.

It's not such a big deal on the Asian airlines in the end because they all have great customer service and give you access to plenty of water all flight long, but it still had me annoyed...

But of course in general I'm happy they all try and keep an eye out!

But that was my point, are they really keeping an eye out, or are they just something put there to make you "feel" safe, and that by taking water off everyone, people believe they must be doing something important.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5417 posts) 29 Feb '12 04:44

In an ideal world, I think they'd rather there weren't any people on the plane. That would really reduce the risk a lot. But, that not being practical, liquids are the next best target.

We generally just take empty bottles and fill them up at one of the water fountains. Most big airport terminals do seem to have those thankfully.

9. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 29 Feb '12 13:33

Quoting Peter

In an ideal world, I think they'd rather there weren't any people on the plane. That would really reduce the risk a lot. But, that not being practical, liquids are the next best target.

We generally just take empty bottles and fill them up at one of the water fountains. Most big airport terminals do seem to have those thankfully.

I do the same with empty bottles, but I've noticed fewer and fewer water fountains, and even the ones that were there once, seem to have been removed.

10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 3 Mar '12 00:42

These regulations were brought in as the result of a genuine (but foiled) plot to blow up airliners using liquid explosive in drinks containers. See http://www.x-rayscreener.com/?CategoryID=332&ArticleID=178. I know it's a bit inconvenient, but I don't think it's just the airlines cashing in. Apparently there is a scanner in development that can tell what the contents of a drinks bottle are, so it might not be an issue again soon.