At the airport gate passengers were stopped and asked to remove all liquids and semi-solids from their luggage, out them in a ziplock bag and pass them through the x-ray independently of the rest of the luggage.

  • Toothpaste and shaving cream in a travel bag: Allah Akbar.
  • Toothpaste and shaving cream in a plastic bag: Let the eagle soar.

But unopened bottles are exempt from the search so this won’t stop someone from emptying a larger bottle without breaking the seal and filling that bottle with… I’m still not clear on what. I guess they could bring bleach and ammonia and make some chlorine gas in the sink?
It’s just another one of the lies the airlines tell you to make you feel better about flying. Like the seatbelt hand-jive at the start of every flight:

  • Be sure to fasten your seatbelt- because that will save you if we hit the ground at 600mph.
  • Your seat can be used as a flotation device- if you weigh 30 pounds.
  • Turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices- your mp3 player doesn’t produce enough EMF to interfere with the plane, the pilot just doesn’t like your taste in music.

Lies to make us feel better about flying. Which is just a subset of the lies society tells us to make us feel better about living:

  • Your government is looking out for you.
  • Good eventually wins out over Evil.
  • There are such things as Good and Evil.
  • Life has value.
  • Justice.
  • God moves in mysterious ways.
  • God.

I used to want societies lies to be true so strongly that I’d deny any evidence to the contrary.
Then I entered a bargaining phase: “Maybe some of these rules are lies, but not the important ones.”
I don’t know if it’s the Buddhism or the Cognitive Science but now I’ve come to terms with all life being an illusion and the lies don’t bother me anymore, as long as I recognize them for what they are.

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