Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Travel Part II...

Another thing I've noticed recently - since the UK incident last month - is carry on habits in airports has changed.

Used to be - people would attempt to carry on refrigerator sized bags whenever possible.  I always packed into a backpack (under seat in front of me) and a standard carry one.  Whether it be for one day or two weeks - the same amount of luggage.  I never check my bag.  But - my bag always fits - it is not expandable, it is not a fold over, it is slightly smaller than 'regulation' (I don't have to wedge it into the overhead and it fits "wheels first", not sideways taking twice the overhead space).

Recently, with the "no water, no gels" restrictions - the amount of carry on luggage has gone way down.  On my last flight - on a plane where you have to check your larger bag plane side and retrieve it plane side when you arrive - instead of most of the plane being there waiting for a bag, there was 5 of us.  5 out of 54.  That never happened before.

Loading and unloading is faster this way.  I've read the reports now where the various airlines are meeting their on time departures more frequently simply because of the reduced amount of carry on baggage.

I haven't given up my carry on.  I bought "tooth powder" to replace my tooth paste and I'm completely "dehydrated" luggage wise. 

File this away in the "looking for the silver lining" folder.

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14 Comments:

Blogger Laurent Schneider said....

tooth powder, I never heard about that, good advice since I am flying thru London next month to SF :-)

Wed Sep 06, 04:01:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

>> I bought "tooth powder" to replace my tooth paste

It sounds like just the sort of thing that would show a false-positive as plastic explosive on a hand-baggage x-ray. Remember to keep smiling as they "question" you!

Wed Sep 06, 04:20:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Andy C said....

I haven't flown since the changes. However I am dearly looking forward to the moment when I open the overhead locker to stow my plastic wallet containing my passport and ticket to find a massive empty void.

Wed Sep 06, 04:23:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Mark J. Bobak said....

You know, I find it odd that so many security measures seem to be a reaction to what someone has already tried. Richard Reid was the shoe bomber, so now we all take our shoes off. The foiled plot in the UK centered around liquid explosives, so now no liqiuds can be carried on. Ok....so, till Richard Reid tried it, shoes were not a threat? Till a few weeks ago, liquid explosives were not considered a threat? Seems kind of silly to me.

(What if Richard Reid was known as the underwear bomber? ;-))

-Mark

Wed Sep 06, 06:12:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

The day the liquid explosive thing happened, there was a terrorist expert on the radio saying these reactions to threats were just plain stupid. To make flying safer we need to identify actual risks, not mindlessly create all these expensive and useless procedures.

A chemist was saying only a few places in the world provide dry peroxide suitable for explosives, though it seems to me that would be a simple, though dangerous, procedure.

Is that tooth powder anything like the "headache powder" they show in the old movies?

Wed Sep 06, 07:56:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

example of toothpowder

It is just "dry toothpaste". Not as pleasant tasting, but does the job and makes it so I don't have to check my bag :)

Wed Sep 06, 09:45:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

>> so many security measures seem to be a reaction to what someone has already tried. Richard Reid was the shoe bomber, so now we all take our shoes off

Indeed, and to highlight the lunacy consider that in reaction to the shoe bomber (who nowe lives just a few dozen miles from me, incidentally), cigarette lighters were also banned. You can only take on those cardboard and paper matchbooks. Sounds almost sensible, unless you recall that Richard reid used just such a matchbook to light his bomb -- he didn't even have a lighter!

Amen on the underwear issue. There's TSA employees now who are only hanging on to their job in anticipation of the new regulations following the first attempt at a brassiere bomb.

Thu Sep 07, 12:44:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Dave said....

As someone who flies every week, I noticed on my last outbound that I had the *only* planeside carry-on, on a 50-seater!

As for the ban on in-cabin liquids and gels, I see this as an opportunity for major hotel chains to start providing additional services to guests, by having a selection of 'personal hygeine' products available at check-in. I know many have such now, but more under the guise of "forgot something?" than "let us help you carry-on instead of check".

Since I travel over and over to the same spot, supporting project-based work, I can leave a bathroom bag with the hotel and avoid checking my bag every week.

Thu Sep 07, 08:30:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Roderick said....

I've noticed that the wait to pick up checked luggage has not gotten worse... mainly because it was really bad at most airports to begin with. But now I do get off the plane faster even when sitting in the back rows.

I don't travel enough with any one airline to qualify for better seats.
I gave up on just having a carry-on a long time ago.

Thu Sep 07, 08:09:00 PM EDT  

Blogger SeanMacGC said....

Is it just my imagination with the airport events in Britain, or did they just happen to coincidentally preface the most cataclysmic internecine strife to afflict the Labour Party (in Britain) in a quarter of a century? Silly me, but I shall be much more reassured of their real worth (the arrests) when the 'culprits' are actually charged, and evidence produced to so convict. Until then I would resent sacrificing my toothpaste (not that my teeth are anything to smile about!)...

Thu Sep 07, 08:55:00 PM EDT  

Blogger highflyer123 said....

i also use toothpowder. moisten toothbrush, sprinkle a little on the brush and it foams and cleans the teeth BETTER THAN toothpaste. not as "sweet" but fresh and minty taste. I am using Eco-Dent and it is at health food stores or at amazon.com www.eco-dent.com has lots more information. seems its been around for ages.

Tue Sep 26, 09:33:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

"(What if Richard Reid was known as the underwear bomber? ;-))"

What about padded bras? Might not a terrorist take the padding out and load her bra with Semtex? How about a terrorist who naturally is a "AA" who wears a "D" loaded with 20+ pounds of Semtex? (The "20 pounds" is from info that the average set of "Ds" weighs 15-23 pounds.)
What should airport security do about THAT?

How about a terrorist who is a eunuch replacing his fake testicles with explosive?
What should airport security do about THAT?

What about a terrorist who swallows packets of Semtex, filling his stomach, then swallowing a digital-radio-triggered detonator?
What should airport security do about THAT?

I knew a guy who had a 200 pound abdominal tumor. He really didn't look fat all over, just had this HUGE round belly. It was discovered when he began having intestinal blockage. Unfortunately he died shortly after the tumor was removed. What if a terrorist had terrorist surgeons implant a fake tumor that was in reality a hundred pounds or more of plastique? If Semtex was the explosive and it was detonated, nothing but aluminum foil chaff would come floating down. Or if it was flown into a building then detonated it would be really HUGE. Even if shot down by the US Air Force a plane with such terrorists as above would make an ENORMOUS mess on the ground.
What should airport security do about THAT?

I suggest airport and airline security be assigned to the US Marshal's service. Their airline has never been hijacked.

Thu Oct 19, 09:28:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Stanislav said....

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Mon Dec 18, 09:13:00 AM EST  

Blogger peter said....

it seems that the major tooth paste manufacturers no longer produce tooth powder. i have been using arm & hammer, but i read that they stopped ... and i haven't seen colgate in years. the health store brands are not fluoridated and, imho, taste bad.

Sat Jun 02, 08:26:00 AM EDT  

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