More stupid from TSA: Snow globes to be allowed, but ...

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    MSNBC: TSA relaxing rules on snow globes at airport checkpoints

    Later this summer, you will able to pack snow globes in your carry-on luggage when you go to the airport.

    Transportation Security Administration officers will permit the items as long as they are packed in a passenger's plastic, quart-sized, resealable bag along with other gels and liquids.

    TSA will permit snow globes "that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (of liquid), which is approximately the size of a tennis ball," spokesperson David Castelveter said, "but only if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the bag.

    "And it has to be the same bag. You don't get a 3-1-1 bag and a snow-globe bag," he added.

    Aren't snow globes a bit on fragile side? And most Kippie bags aren't packed to protect fragile items.
  2. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    The TSA is replete with idiots.

    "You can take your toiletries or your snow globe, we'll steal whichever you value least"


    What are the average demensions of a snow globe?
    There is a range of snow globe sizes and designs, but the most common is a 4" diameter glass globe, seated on a base that is no larger than 4.5" x 4.5". when placed together, the globe plus base is 7-8" tall.

    Read more:

    Tennis ball
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    A standard optic yellow a.k.a. "green" tennis ball
    A tennis ball is a ball designed for the sport of tennis, approximately 6.7 cm (2.63 in.) in diameter.
  3. Seriously? I could give a rat's (expletive deleted) about traveling with snow globes. Does anybody really care about snow globes? There must be about two people in the country who like the TSA a little better because of this. This is what they're working on while they're too busy to hold a public comment period.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Also when you think about this, the only thing new about this is that the snow globes don't have to be labeled as to the amount of fluid they contain. You could always put anything liquid you wanted in your Kippie bag as long as the volume was labeled and did not exceed 3 oz. or 100 ml. Now you can include a snow globe as long as it does not appear to contain more than 100 ml. of fluid.

    So what will appear to contain more than 100 ml. of fluid?

    The volume of a sphere is V= 4/3 * pi * r**3. Use 100 cc. (same as 100 ml.) and solve for r:

    100 cc = 4/3 * pi * r**3.

    r = 2.879 cm.

    You TSA approved snow globe must appear to be no larger than 5.758 cm. (2.27") in diameter.

    A tennis ball is too large. ALL LIQUID-FILLED TENNIS BALLS ARE AVIATION HAZARDS AND MUST BE CONFISCATED. Just sayin', in case any tennis terroristas are out there getting ideas.
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Can a shrink write a prescription for a companion snowglobe? :D
  6. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Didn't the TSA dolts once claim snow globes were NEVER prohibited or confiscated?

    They sure do have a hard time keeping their stories straight.
  7. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    A bunch of random thoughts --

    1. Perfect way to bury the Propaganda Village posting about the deaf individual at SDF...

    2. It's clear this is aimed at America's Perfect Families' trips to Disney. I wonder if this was done to placate Mica?

    3. Does anyone know if either of the political conventions dole out snowglobes as gifts or mementos?

    4. I don't want to think about how many of our taxpayer dollars went into this nonsense.

    I view this as a way to co-opt America's Perfect Families into Security Theater. Mom, Dad, and the kids can all work together to make sure they buy a TSA-approved snowglobe. They will make this a family project and will feel really good when they clerk rewards them by saying "good job!" and allowing their perfectly-packed snowglobe to continue on its journey. It's just another method of population control.
  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    This reminded me of a board game that Jean Shepherd talked about in one of his shows. I don't think this is it, but....

    In the broadcast, Shepherd talks about a family sitting down at night after dinner to play this game which will teach his children how pervasive communism was and to free other countries from the slavery of communism.

    Sorry to derail.


    What a friggin' waste of time and money.

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