I ask because when I went to New York City for BlogHer awhile back, I flew out of the Akron-Canton airport. It’s a fantastic airport. Easy to navigate, quick to get through, comfortable seating areas, and everyone I talked to was very friendly.
It has all the wonderful features of a smaller airport. Even the line in security was short. I was surprised to see that there were only 4 people in front of me and everyone was in a great mood.
It was apparent that the first of the four ladies in line had not traveled often and it was most likely her first time flying. She was not with the 3 other ladies but they were trying to be helpful and telling her how to put her items in the bins and to take off her shoes. She was fumbling around a bit but was managing all right.
Then the TSA agent came over to offer advice and answer any questions for her. He told her about the 3 oz rule for liquids and lotions. She stopped what she was doing and said, “Oh no.”
This wasn’t good.
Next thing I know, she pulls out of her carry-on a bottle of lotion as big as the one above. They told her she couldn’t bring it on the plane and that she would have to throw it away.
Then she pulled out an enormous round container of what must have been very expensive cold cream or another lotion because the agent handed her a plastic bag and she started scooping the cream out with her hand.
Truthfully, I did feel a little bad for her. It was clear that she was very embarrassed and she had a line (although a small one) of people waiting behind her. I can imagine that feeling. My face would turn red, I’d start sweating, and get all shaky.
What I couldn’t understand is how could she have possibly not known that she couldn’t take those items through security? The rules have been in place for ages and you only have to turn to the tv, the radio, a newspaper, online, and even simply ask another person to find out you can’t pack liquids over 3 oz. in your carry-on bag. She wasn’t even an elderly lady who, then, maybe I could see might not have known. She was probably in her late 30s.
Eventually the TSA agent had her step to the side so the rest of us could go through. I have no idea how long the lady was there for or what she ended up doing but hopefully she made her plane and everything went more smoothly for her.
Thankfully, other than losing my belt in the x-ray machine which is a story for another time, the rest of my flight was uneventful and I was really glad everyone at La Guardia on my way home was aware of the rules. If this had taken place at a busier airport I could imagine that the agents and the people in line wouldn’t have been so patient or friendly.
What about you? Have you seen anyone pack odd items in their carry-ons? What do you think about the 3 oz rule?