The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) ban on liquids over 100ml has been in place in the United States, and by aviation and security authorities around the world, since the 9th of August 2006 … and has been a thorn in the side of travelers since it has been instituted.
As travelers continually wait for restrictions on liquids be lifted, so they’ll be allowed to travel with their drink of choice, there are some ways around the security restrictions. Travelers can obviously purchase drinks after passing through security, or travel with powdered drink mixes, but for those who really want to bring their drink of choice with them on a flight there is one often overlooked solution … freeze the drink.
Yes … getting your lemonade from your home to your flight is as easy as sticking your canister in the freezer. The TSA views frozen liquid as solid, not as a liquid, and allows it to pass through screening checkpoints as long as it is x-rayed.
The TSA’s Office of Strategic Communication made it publicly known in an overlooked official statement that ice was allowed, back in November 2009, stating, “Ice is a solid. Therefore, ice is permitted through the checkpoint, as long as it’s screened by the X-ray.”
Interestingly, certain liquid explosives are more stable when frozen; however the agency has not addressed these concerns. Containers with frozen liquids may be swabbed externally for explosive trace detection, although a 1000ml container can contain two separated liquids using clear frozen dividers, that would blend in with the ice, then have only water at the top of the container and the exterior of the container wiped down … but let us not get into details considering that back in May a container of baby food tested positive for explosives at Dallas – Ft. Worth International Airport’s Terminal A. While the TSA didn’t let the jar of baby food pass through security, they did not further investigate the jar, merely disposing of it, classifying the the incident as a “false positive.”
So, as we approach the New Year, and the TSA confiscates Wicked Good Red Velvet Cupcakes from passengers flying out of Las Vegas … throw your Cherry Coke in a plastic container, toss it in the freezer, then defrost it after you pass through security.