TSA's new focus: BBQ

Old May 15, 19, 9:58 am
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TSA's new focus: BBQ

MEM TSA warning travelers about bringing liquid BBQ sauces and BBQ rubs in carryon bags:


Seems like a rehash of "old news" re: TSA and its war on liquids; except for this interesting quote from the TSA spokesman:
And just like the sign says, Howell recommended travelers check their dry barbecue rubs to avoid further "sticky situations," as the TSA’s technology may be sensitive when it comes to spices.
Sensitive to spices?
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Old May 15, 19, 10:03 am
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Sensitive to spices?
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Old May 15, 19, 10:30 am
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And meats and cheese, apparently, or so we were told yesterday in BZN. All meat and cheese products (in this case, buffalo jerky) have to be hand-inspected (this was TSA Pre). No announcement to remove the products, but all bags containing them were pulled and we were told to remove such items in the future.

I've known cheese could trigger a search for a long time, but the emphasis on all meat products is new. I don't know if they would have flagged us if we'd had a ham-and-cheese sandwich.
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And meats and cheese, apparently, or so we were told yesterday in BZN. All meat and cheese products (in this case, buffalo jerky) have to be hand-inspected (this was TSA Pre). No announcement to remove the products, but all bags containing them were pulled and we were told to remove such items in the future.

I've known cheese could trigger a search for a long time, but the emphasis on all meat products is new. I don't know if they would have flagged us if we'd had a ham-and-cheese sandwich.
We have a related thread:
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Just meat and cheese had to be taken out in that line? Are they trying to inconvenience any passenger who isn't vegan?
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Just meat and cheese had to be taken out in that line? Are they trying to inconvenience any passenger who isn't vegan?
Nope, just TSA keeping us safe by keeping everyone guessing. You can't circumvent 'security' if you never know what to expect.
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How much longer until they decide to reduce the Cognitive Burden on their Ossifers by forcing travelers to completely unpack all bags and place all items in bins?

Whomever is coming up with these policies in DC obviously has no idea how to conduct airport screening and is treating it like a prison intake.
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Old May 16, 19, 6:58 am
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How much longer until they decide to reduce the Cognitive Burden on their Ossifers by forcing travelers to completely unpack all bags and place all items in bins?

Whomever is coming up with these policies in DC obviously has no idea how to conduct airport screening and is treating it like a prison intake.
It tells me that they have no idea how to find WEI. They're just guessing at it.
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Old May 16, 19, 7:18 am
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It tells me that they have no idea how to find WEI. They're just guessing at it.
Isn't it called the "shotgun" approach to security?
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Old May 16, 19, 9:28 am
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Originally Posted by WillCAD View Post
How much longer until they decide to reduce the Cognitive Burden on their Ossifers by forcing travelers to completely unpack all bags and place all items in bins?

Whomever is coming up with these policies in DC obviously has no idea how to conduct airport screening and is treating it like a prison intake.
Hey, that could work like recycling. TSA could provide different color bins: red for electronics, blue for paper and books, yellow for food, etc.
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"Whomever is coming up with these policies in DC obviously has no idea how to conduct airport screening and is treating it like a prison intake."

I think the wag-the-dog phenomenon is in play in TSA administration. The most paranoid bureaucrat moves to the head of the line, a la Harry Anslinger.
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I don't think they bring BBQ sauces at security. Just in case! Leaves all BBQ sauces at home. Don't bring along with you!
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Old May 22, 19, 5:19 am
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I don't think they bring BBQ sauces at security. Just in case! Leaves all BBQ sauces at home. Don't bring along with you!

It's just not BBQ without sauce.
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Old May 22, 19, 11:17 am
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MEM TSA warning travelers about bringing liquid BBQ sauces and BBQ rubs in carryon bags:


Seems like a rehash of "old news" re: TSA and its war on liquids; except for this interesting quote from the TSA spokesman:
"And just like the sign says, Howell recommended travelers check their dry barbecue rubs to avoid further "sticky situations," as the TSA’s technology may be sensitive when it comes to spices. "
Sensitive to spices?
Does no one find it unusual that the TSA detection process is "sensitive to spices"? That was the item that caught my attention in the article. Seems "strange"...
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Old May 22, 19, 11:44 am
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Does no one find it unusual that the TSA detection process is "sensitive to spices"? That was the item that caught my attention in the article. Seems "strange"...
I think barbecue rubs are subject to the new War on (larger quantities of) Powders - and powders, generally.

Some TSOs might confuse rubs and spices with marijuana and summon LE because they are required to do so.
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