Monday, June 15, 2009

Why not allow airplane passengers to bring small beverages on board?

Have you encountered this scenario? At the boarding gate in San Jose, Costa Rica, airport personnel conducted a second screening and prohibited liquids, such as coffee cups and water bottles. That's a first. It didn't make sense, as I had to discard a mocha and a bottle of water before walking onto the plane on Sunday morning.

Today, I sent an inquiry to U.S. Airways customer relations staff and wrote:
I travel often and, after going through the x-ray security checkpoint, sometimes purchase bottled water or another beverage to drink on the plane or fill a water bottle at a water fountain. Why would the gate staff prohibit beverages from entering the plane? Why make us depend on the flight attendants to remain hydrated during the five-hour flight? Thank you in advance for explaining that policy.
The airline replied this afternoon: "In response to your question, it may have had to due with weight and balance of the aircraft. If the load master indicates that extra items such as drinks are asked to be discarded they are."

Drinks, such as water bottles and in-hand coffee beverages, can affect the weight and balance of the aircraft?? It still doesn't make sense.

4 Comments:

Blogger birdchick said...

That happened to me in the Guatemala City airport. Perhaps it is a Central America guideline?

June 15, 2009 5:21 PM  
Blogger Alan Tilmouth said...

This was happening in the UK for a while based on some arrests that had been made/intelligence that Islamic terrorists were plotting to blow up aircraft mid flight using liquid explosives. The embargo lasted a couple of months and then seemed to be lowered.

June 16, 2009 5:34 AM  
Blogger OpposableChums said...

Yeah, it's an anti-terrorism measure, and has nothing to do with your 12 ounces of Poland Springs throwing the plane out of whack. Don't know why they'd say that...

June 20, 2009 12:03 PM  
Blogger WENDEE HOLTCAMP said...

I know that airplanes carry a lot of cargo that is in addition to passenger luggage. It is ridiculous that they should make paying passengers forgo water when they're taking on thousands of pounds of cargo!!

June 20, 2009 5:32 PM  

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