Play-Doh a No-No on Airplane
Just when you thought you heard it all as it relates to travel security, here comes a story about a small boy who's Christmas gift from his grandmother was confiscated before he boarded a flight from New Orleans.
The suspect item?
"You know all you have to worry about is it getting in the carpet – a small problem to have as opposed to a child who is entertained for half an hour," Christy Pitney, the child's mother, told the Associated Press.
"I had the kids and my husband was there with all our bags," she continued. “Josh and I were sitting, getting our shoes on and, my husband kind of motioned to us and said - they took our Play -Doh."
Pitney continued, "And the man from TSA was taking every can out at a time and putting it on a table, and Josh saw and he started fussing. I tried to explain that those were the rules, but it turns out it’s not prohibited on the TSA’s website - so apparently those are not the rules."
Apparently, the parents are right. Play-Doh is not a prohibited item and is allowed on board. However, because plastic explosives can be camouflaged to look like Play-Doh, screeners are allowed to use their discretion.
In this case, the discretion was used.
As the parents told the AP, "And it’s just really hard to go through security in general with children, much less the child whose favorite toy has been taken away."
"I'm happy to obey the rules,” Pitney told the AP. “I just wish the rules were more in stone, if they involved kids especially."