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article imageVideo: TSA now checks drinks purchased inside the airport

By Anne Sewell     Sep 5, 2012 in Travel
Columbus - In a case of "from the sublime to the ridiculous", the TSA is now apparently testing drinks that have been purchased inside the secure area of the airport for explosives.
YouTube user, Dan Holland recently uploaded the above video.
He says that while waiting in the Columbus, OH, airport for their flight to Oakland, he noticed two TSA women were testing any liquids that people held in their hands.
As this was well beyond the security check, deep inside the terminal, the drinks could only have been purchased inside the airport itself, with the people holding them just waiting to board their planes.
He asked the TSA agents what they were doing, and they replied that they were checking for explosive chemicals (as people were drinking the drinks).
He said "Really? Inside the terminal? You've got to be kidding me."
He then asked if the agents wanted to swab them all, and the agent responded that yes, sometimes they need to do that.
He finally asks if eventually the TSA will come to your home to check you, prior to your drive to the airport?
KJCT8 News also reported recently on the introduction of drinks testing within the airport by the TSA.
They interviewed Jennifer Smart, who does not fly often and said, "I'm always glad that my safety is a priority, I just think testing drinks after they've already been bought might be a little extreme."
World traveler Thomas Burgard told them, "The water or the juices or anything you buy here in the airport, TSA is going to come over and look and check and test it? That's just ridiculous."
According to the TSA, "TSA employees have many layers of security throughout airports. Passengers may be randomly selected for additional screening measures at the checkpoint or in the gate at any time."
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