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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I've Become a Victim of the War on Terror

When flying I usually put my toothpaste, shampoo, etc in my carry-on luggage; but because of security restrictions I had to put them in my checked luggage. The result was predictable. The toothpaste exploded and covered everything in my shower bag with goo. Ugh. This always happens when I put it in my checked baggage. That's why I carry it on the plane with me. What do they think I'm going to do with the toothpaste on board the flight? Threaten to squirt it at the flight attendants and take over the plane?

William Buckley, Jr. had a good op-ed in the Houston Chronicle a few days ago about the stupidity of new security regulations. It's a good read, although I think his alternative - religious (and presumably racial) profiling - is even more absurd. Not only would it be impossible to find out who is Muslim (75% of Muslims are white, black and Asian), they're not the only people in the world who would get off on blowing up a plane. I'm not sure what should be done to keep airplanes safe; but I suspect it has something to do with deregulating airport security and letting each airline develop its own procedures. At the very least, Congress should break-up the TSA union so crappy security screeners can be fired. And airlines should serve free alcoholic drinks during the flight. If we're going to die, we should at least die drunk.

Does anyone have any tips on how to keep my toothpaste from exploding? Yeah, I could practice harm reduction and put it in a zip lock bag; but I would really like to find a way to keep it from exploding at all.