December 21, 2006



From The Washington Times: Holiday pies won't fly this year by Audrey Hudson.

Airline travelers carrying aboard potential explosives -- holiday desserts containing more than 3 ounces of liquid -- are being encouraged by Homeland Security officials to find other means of transportation for the goodies.

"These items are permitted but may require further inspection. Keep in mind that many holiday foods like cake and pie have characteristics similar to liquids, gels and aerosols," listed one travel tip released yesterday by the Transportation Security Administration.

"If you are not sure if an item is a liquid, gel or aerosol it is best to pack the item in your checked bag or ship it to your destination in advance," says the travel guide.

Amy Kudwa, a spokeswoman for the TSA, will discuss the holiday travel checklist with reporters at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport today and demonstrate common holiday travel mistakes.

One air marshal said screening holiday pies is a "half-baked idea."

"That's outrageous; people would have gooey pumpkin pie leaking all over their luggage," said one airport security official.

UPDATE -- Dec. 24: We'll post something new late tomorrow. In the meantime, Merry Christmas, everyone!

Posted by Forkum at December 21, 2006 04:53 PM