Monday, September 11, 2006

Pack your bags….

It is now lawful (though it wasn’t two weeks ago) to carry the following on-board a plane: small amount of baby formula or breast milk, if accompanied by a baby (of course), and up to four ounces of “essential” medications including saline solution, KY jelly, gel-filled bras and “similar prosthetics” according to and the New York Times.

The notice also explicitly permits lipstick, lip balm, and other cosmetics but adds that “Please remember these items must be solid and not liquid, gel or aerosol.” Except, of course, for the gel bras and KY jelly. I wonder what kind of meeting led to those regulations! And what IS the difference between a solid, liquid, and a gel? Is gel a real category? Perhaps our blogging scientist can help.


Blogger Evan said...

Gel is colloidal...somewhat a mixture of a solid and a liquid. Does TSA really specify K-Y Jelly?


5:30 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

yes -- no mention of astroglide...the KY company must be cozying up to the bush administration!

7:26 PM  

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