Burbank Airport is looking out for you


As tiresome and perfunctory as the TSA’s new 3-1-1 rules are, my beloved Burbank Airport is at least trying to soften the blow: They have a table just at the entrance to the security check where a nice fellow will explain what the TSA considers solid or liquid, whether or not what you have will be allowed on the plane, and whether it needs to be in or out of the one-quart Ziploc bag.

As if that’s not helpful enough, he will even offer you a fresh, clean Ziploc bag to put it all in, in case you didn’t know you had to bring one.

It’s still a gigantic pain in the ass, but I think it’s a real help to people who haven’t flown recently, to whom this latest round of regulations will come as news.

6 thoughts on “Burbank Airport is looking out for you”

  1. the last time i went through there and they were giving away the bags the lady got snappy on some dude who tried to take a few and was all “Yeah we give these away to EVERYONE but you can only take one! Why do you think this country is in debt!?”

    it was kind of awesome.

  2. I’ve always enjoyed flying out of Burbank, and of all the places I’ve been, their people rank at the top for speed and professionalism.

    Benjamin – that’s a great story! I think if someone was handing out used toilet paper, there’d be some jackass grabbing as much as possible because it’s free.

  3. That sounds way nicer than Ontario last month when my wife flew to Houston. The TSA guys there were arms folded with one digging through and if it wasn’t in a baggy they had to leave line or pitch it. Burbank…even the name sounds warm and fuzzy.

  4. I’ve flown in and out of LAX about 3 times in the last 6 months and have never even been bothered about anything in my carry-ons. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but it was quite convenient.

  5. If I’m not mistaken, the airport doesn’t hand out those bags. I believe the bags are courtesy of “The Friends of Bob Hope Airport” (whatever that is).

    Whatever that is, I am grateful to them being there and keeping the line moving.

    (In Orlando, we had our toiletries in the wrong sized ziplock. We were forced out of line with the TSA and made to go PURCHASE a quart-sized ziplock at the gift shop for 27 cents!)

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