Saturday, December 25, 2010

Is that chicken soup in your thermos, or are you just trying to kill me?

A twist on the old standard, is that a gun in your pocket...

In a TSA attempt to stop terrorists from bringing down a jetliner, coffee containers and thermoses will now be subjected to closer scrutiny by airport security.

If little Jimmy or Jane needs to bring chicken soup for their cold along on that flight to see grandma, expect them to be under surveillance.

From the TSA website:

Passengers may observe additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers. TSA is carefully monitoring information related to terrorist tactics and working with our international partners to share information and security best practices.

The possible tactics terrorists might use include the concealment of explosives inside insulated beverage containers, so in the coming days, passengers flying within and to the U.S. may notice additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers. While such items are not being banned from travel, TSA Officers have been trained to detect a variety of threats including the concealment of explosives in common items.

TSA will continue to deploy risk-based security measures and work with our international, federal, state, local and private sector partners to protect the traveling public.

As always, the safety and security of the American people is our highest priority and we ask the public to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to their local authorities.

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