A video viewed by tens of thousands of people appears to show TSA agents testing people’s drinks after they have been through security.
Mark Luden, a frequent traveler, said that he has never had his drink tested but said that he has seen it happen.
“I think it’s stupidity,” Luden said. “If they are already checking the liquids that are supposedly past the gate, why are we checking them again?”
A TSA spokesperson said that the procedure of testing liquids is nothing new and that agents have been testing liquids inside the gates for years at airports across the country.
A TSA blogger wrote earlier this summer that it is layered security.
“Layered security is a common practice, providing the necessary unpredictable measure that makes it more difficult to do malice to the transportation infrastructure,” the blogger wrote.
Ana Dan, a business traveler, said that she does not mind the testing because it is for security.
“I think they’re doing it for a reason, and I think that they should do whatever they need to do to keep us all safe. So, if I’m asked to show my coffee, I’ll do so.”
Luden said that the process infringed on his personal freedom.
“I think there’s a point of sensibility where you have to do what you have to do, but I think there’s also a point where government runs amok,” Luden said.
TSA officials said that during the test, used since 2007, officers hold a strip over the opening of a drink, but do not put anything into the drink.
If the tests are positive, officials conduct additional testing.
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