(Warning, ELLE post ahead - 'Extreme Left Leaning European', as I was dubbed by a TSO in past...) Passing through security at FRA I was pulled aside for a bag check. The screener greeted me, and I asked if he was looking for something in particular or if I could assist. He said, 'no, I found it already', and removed a 1 litre bottle of water, unopened from my bag. I had forgotten that it was there, as it was free with purchase on my first flight of the day, and I had never opened it or drank from it. I apologised, and he said 'No need for apology'. Then he said 'It's a shame, really, it is.' I thought at first that he meant me, for trying to take a forbidden item, but he continued. 'Think about the millions of people all over the world who don't have access to clean drinking water. Think about all the people who die every day as a result. Think of the children and the women who walk kilometres a day to fetch water' 'And now think about us here in the developed world, throwing away perfectly good water, in a sealed bottle, simply due to this absurd rules which do nothing to protect us.' He showed me his arm. 'This is the one part of my job which I cannot stand. It gives me goosebumps every time I have to dispose of water like this, and think about the impact we are having for no good reason at all. But the EU commissar says the rules must stay, so we continue to throw away thousands of litres of clean water every day all over the world. Think about that. It's a shame, it really is.' He is absolutely right.