Solids, Liquids, and the TSA

So when I was double checking the carry-on restrictions for my last post, I happened to come across something very interesting on the TSA’s webpage.

The requirements and restrictions all seamed familiar as I was reading down the list (3.4 ounces or less, in a clear quart-sized plastic bag, ect, ect…). Some of the exceptions were interesting, but nothing was too unusual until the last exception:

          “Frozen items are allowed as long as they are frozen solid when presented for                      screening. If frozen items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the                      bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 requirements.”                                                     

It seems as though you could bring almost any liquid or gel in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces, so long as it is frozen solid when going through security. This seems like an odd loophole, as someone could freeze a liquid right before entering the airport, then melt the liquid before they catch their flight. I wonder how many people have taken advantage of this rule.

Anyway, keep safe, and enjoy your flight!


2 thoughts on “Solids, Liquids, and the TSA

  1. As someone who is currently trying to figure out a study abroad excursion, I found your post really interesting. It makes me a little worried to think about international flights, but at the same time, it’s good to know that such loopholes exist if I ever have the need to get an item through security that is questionably liquid or gel-like.

    Keep up the great work with this blog! I love what you are doing so far and cannot wait to see what your next post will be 🙂

  2. Lol!! I actually find this to be hilarious. I wish I could have found that loophole a few months ago. I got all my lotion and etc confiscated at the Las Vegas airport. The wild part is that on my way to Vegas it wasn’t a problem, only departing Vegas.

    I just read that the TSA was going to implement a new rule for searching youning children.

    Great post, keep it up

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