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TSA now checking drinks purchased inside of airports (VIDEO)

Published time: September 04, 2012 19:06
Edited time: September 04, 2012 23:06

(AFP Photo / Ethan Miller) Video courtesy Dan Holland

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Video has surfaced of TSA agents conducting security tests on beverages bought inside of US airports, two months after RT first reported that passengers were being subjected to added drink screenings at a Colorado airport.

RT was quick to report in July that agents with the Transportation Security Administration were routinely testing store-bought beverages purchased inside of the airport for explosive chemicals, according to an investigation first carried out by Grand Junction, Colorado’s KJCT-8 News. Only a few weeks later, an irritated airline passenger preparing to board witnessed a similar screening first-hand was able to document it.

In a video uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, user Dan Holland writes, “While waiting in the Columbus, OH airport for our flight to Oakland, I couldn’t help but notice the two TSA women that were ‘testing’ any and all liquids that people had in their hands.”

“Now remember that this is inside the terminal, well beyond the security check and purchased inside the terminal…just people waiting to get on the plane,” the user adds. Sure enough, the video shot from inside the Columbus airport clearly shows TSA agents approaching a couple inside of the terminal and asking them to subject their drink to an extra security check.

When KJCT-8 News weighed in on similar reports in July, TSA Regional Public Affairs Manager Carrie Harmon told the station that “employees have many layers of security through airports,” and, “Passengers may be randomly selected for additional screening measures at the checkpoint or in the gate area at any time.”

According to the YouTube user who uploaded the video, “One of the TSA ladies said that they were checking for explosive chemicals” when they approached the couple for the check.

“I said, ‘really…inside the terminal? You have got to be kidding me." I asked them if they wanted to swab us all.”

“What’s next,” the user asks, “perhaps the TSA will come to your home prior to your drive to the airport?”