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  •  If some "ordinary" liquids... (0+ / 0-)

    ...were already poured into the waste tank, the dilution and messing up the chemistry may result little risk. (But, I'm not a chemist so I'm just guessing).

    Again, the goal isn't to protect the airport or its customers -- it's to avoid getting the explosives on a plane where they could be used to cause a crash into a populated area.

    By confiscating the liquids, they expect that no one will even try to bring them aboard so they probably assume that the stuff they were dumping out wasn't a binary explosive.

    If someone's goal was to blow up the area around the security checkpoint, they would probably just wear a well tested explosive suicide vest.

    •  I'm still astonished no one's done that yet. (0+ / 0-)

      But while the goal isn't to protect the airport or its customers, it is still incredibly stupid to prevent getting the explosives onto the plane in a way that will endanger the airport and its customers.

      Or that would endanger the airport and its customers, if there were any real chance that the stuff being poured out were dangerous.  Which there wasn't, and they knew it.

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