On Thursday, the European Union announced it would begin phasing out its draconian restrictions on liquids carried in hand luggage.
It's about time. The ban is to be completely rescinded by mid-2013 at the latest, according to officials.
Liquids, gels and aerosols will instead be run through a new generation of explosives scanners able to screen them for harmful materials. Getting these machines up and running will be very expensive, and the technology is not yet foolproof. But nothing in aviation security is foolproof, and anything is better than the chaotic confiscation policies now in place.
Why are the Europeans always one step ahead of us?
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