New Airport Security Rules
The national security threat level has been raised from yellow to orange and passengers may not take liquids, gels, or creams through the security checkpoint or on an aircraft. Below are the restrictions for air travelers in the U.S. Travelers to and from the United Kingdom may be subject to additional security restrictions and should check directly with their airline.
- Liquids, gels, aerosols and creams may be packed in checked, but not carry-on luggage. Restricted items include shampoo, sun tan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, liquid mascara and other products of similar consistency.
- Beverages may not be taken through the security checkpoints and beverages purchased post-security (beyond the checkpoint) must be consumed before boarding.
- All passengers must remove their shoes so they may be x-rayed with their carry-ons bags. Gel shoe inserts are not allowed. Travelers can wear shoes constructed with gel heels; like all footwear these shoes must be removed and screened at the checkpoint.
Well my mother always tries to be fashionable whenever she goes anywhere. She had on a suit and a pair of black sandals that I think were Aerosoles. They looked like these.
She was off to LaGuardia and three days of flitting around the Big Apple. Did she have the right shoes with her? Hell no! She had not brought any shoes for walking. She was done in. She had to walk in heels or wedge sandals most of the time. What have I told her? You have to buy shoes you can actually wear. And pack shoes according to your activity...not for looks. (I do not have 4 pairs of hiking boots for nothing!) She said she hobbled around ChinaTown, Little Italy, Harlem and barely made it through a 3 hour walking tour of the city! (Poor thing---you have to have the right shoes)
As she told me this story I imagined that somewhere out of her line of vision guns may have been trained in her and somewhere in offices we could not see, cameras were zooming in on her and men were talking back and forth on walkie talkies ----"breaker, breaker.....Al Qaeda suspect going thru security right now. Description of the suspect--70 year old grandmother type, well dressed black woman in a suit carrying a bible. Take her down! Take her down now! "
Well, the security guard then told her not to make any sudden moves toward her purse as he was now going to open her purse and search the contents. My mother stood mannequin still. Would they shoot a little old women in the airport for some hand lotion? He opened her purse and found a tube of lotion from Bath and Body works that had been given to my mother as a gift. That was the offending thing that set off all the alarms and had my mother now labeled as an Al Qaeda operative. The man opened the lotion. My mother said to him that it was just lotion. He then seemed to relax and then gave her the option to put it in her bag that had been already checked. My mother, visbily shaken said, "no...you do with that lotion what you need to do. I do not want it. "
With that he took her lotion and there was no furthur incident. As she showed me her "fakes" that she bought from the street vendors, she told me what happened. I admonished her. How could she forget that? We had gone over all the rules and what not to put in her purse. She said she simply forgot. How I do not know. I looked over her "Prada" bag, the "Louis Vuitton" wallet and asked her how much she paid for these knockoffs. Not a bad price and thank goodness she did not get ripped off.
She has learned her lesson. No more lotion for her. Next time she will pack the "right" shoes and not the "show" shoes. Some people! You just can' t take them anywhere!