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TSA Partially Rethinks Its Much and Rightly Ridiculed Snow Globe Ban

November 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

It's long been kind of a holiday tradition around here. Thanksgiving gives way to Christmas, and we make fun of TSA's pathetic ban on snow globes. We started in 2007 when the rule went into effect. Then we did it again in 2009. And then again, tangentially, in 2010. And then again, in the context of TSA's annual holiday travel tips, in 2011.

But when we checked TSA's blog for this year's travel tips, we discovered that they've changed the rule. "Some snow globes are permitted now," reads the entry, in between rules about makeup and a note about permitted gel inserts. Can you believe it?

Of course not all snow globes are permitted. That would be bananas:

Some Snow Globes are Permitted Now: TSA now allows small snow globes in carry-on luggage when packed in a passenger's plastic 3-1-1 bag. Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis-ball size) will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic, quart-sized, re-sealable bag as a passenger’s other liquids.

The post also has bullet points on what kinds of food and deodorant are permitted—full lists here and here respectively—and a reminder to "double check your bag for guns." Apparently handguns and rifles are still banned on domestic and international flights. So that's your update on rules: small snow globes now yes, firearms still no.

But while we're on the topic of things not to bring to airports: in addition to leaving handguns at home, TSA would also prefer that travelers resist the urge to show up wearing watches that look like tiny bombs. Someone tried that a little bit before Thanksgiving and things went exactly how you'd expect.

[Photo: kilgarron / Flickr]

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