Beware the snow globe menace! The TSA has decreed that since they can’t determine how much liquid is in a snow globe, passengers are not allowed to bring them in their carry-on luggage on planes.
They can be purchased at airport gift shops past security checkpoints, or stored in checked baggage, but no snow globes in the airplane’s cabin.
The reason is that the globes contain liquids, and TSA rules say that only liquids, gels or aerosols in containers of three ounces or less are allowed through security in carry-on bags.
The containers must fit into a quart-sized zip-top plastic bag, one bag per passenger, to limit the total volume of liquid and lessen the threat of someone using the contents as explosives.
Just contemplate the ingenuity required to make an explosive device out of a small snow globe.
(Photo: Noël Zia Lee)