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Toothpaste banned from the carry-on bag

IMG_1900Toothpaste!  Who knew that toothpaste would be the next water based item to get the ban from the convenient carry-on bag. Today, The Transportation Security Administration started temporarily banning all liquids from carry-on luggage on nonstop flights between the U.S. and Russia after the Department of Homeland Security warned terrorists may try to smuggle explosives aboard in toothpaste tubes ahead of the Sochi Olympics.

The Department of Homeland Security is not aware of a specify threat to the homeland, but in an effort to protect American people, this step must be taken.

United Airlines, the official airline for the U.S. Olympic team is offering charter flights to Sochi.  There is only one regularly scheduled non-stop flight to Russia. That’s Delta Airlines. At this time they have posted a warning about the TSA policy and require passengers traveling to Russia check in with a customer service representative, instead of online or at a kiosk. 

What is the Russian government doing in this matter?

According to Fox News, the Russian government says it is doing everything possible to make sure the Sochi games are as safe as possible. Dmitry Kozak, a Russian deputy prime minister, said Thursday, “we can guarantee the safety of the people as well as any other government hosting a mass event (can).”

Kozak, speaking one day before the opening ceremony, described the steps Russia is taking to collaborate with nations across the globe to build a database on potential terrorists. He said “there is no reason to believe Sochi, in Russia, is under more threat than any other city in the world.”

For more information from Fox News:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/06/tsa-bans-carry-on-liquids-on-russia-flights-after-olympics-toothpaste-threat/

What do you think?  Are you concerned about the safety of our Olympic team, their families and fans?

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