Coming Up Next: TSA-Friendly Airport Vending Machines
February 27, 2013 at 3:48 PM
Hey, who's up for another week of shouting about whether the sequester is going to prevent TSA agents from doing their jobs? We wrote about the political back-and-forth last week and explained why the debate is surreal bordering on inexplicable. But if you're a travel junkie or a political junkie or just really hate yourself, here are links saying it's going to be a disaster (one, two) and here are links saying you don't have to worry (one, two). Consider yourself briefed.
Not to get all emo, but we remember a time when writing about TSA was fun. The word "stupid" came up a lot (a lot). Now it's all about economic disaster and crying, disabled 3 year olds. What happened to the days when airport security stories were just brief little reminders that people are totally insane, is what we've been asking ourselves.
Luckily it turns out that there's a company out there - this one - that's installing TSA friendly beauty product vending machines in JFK and other unnamed "top domestic airports. You know those vending machines from Best Buy and Apple? These are like those, except with shampoo. For some reason.
What's the purpose of these things, which dispense 3oz toiletries costing $3 to $145? Aren't they going to be placed inside the terminal, where anyone can buy things in shops, and where 3oz containers don't really help any more? Shouldn't somebody be concerned that "such vending machine showcasing of products... [are] not tremendously profitable"? We have no idea.
What we do know is that there are now going to be vending machines dispensing 3oz beauty products inside airports, because TSA exists. So sure, why not?