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Oh, come ON.

I went to have a look at the specific restrictions on liquids and gels for carry-on, given the luck I've been having with checked baggage and airplanes the last few years - when the liquid restrictions came in I figured it wasn't worth it and started checking things, but I always seem to have trouble when I do. If they don't lose or mis-direct my luggage to South America, then the baggage carousel's broken, or the baggage golf cart's stalled on the tarmac, or there's been an attack by terrifying space monkeys that has force the baggage handlers to flee for the Atlantic.

This is what CATSA's website says:

Passengers will be permitted to bring liquids, gels and aerosols through security screening at Canadian airports provided that the items are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz) or less, and that the containers fit comfortably in one clear, closed and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre (1 quart). The approximate dimensions of a one litre/quart bag are 15 cm by 23 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by 18 cm (8 in. by 7 in.). One bag per passenger will be permitted.

Okay, I (kind of) get limiting liquid/gel carry-on, but they're limiting the capacity of the plastic bag you're allowed to carry them in? Are you fucking serious? Wouldn't it make more sense to limit the maximum milliliters you're allowed to carry? Since the containers take up almost as much space as their contents?

...I'm pretty sure all my stuff won't fit in a bag that size anyway, and I don't think I have the math skills to calculate the volume of the size of plastic bags I have (which are 30 cm by 27.5 cm, apparently), and damned if I'm going out to buy a whole box of the correct size bag just so I can meet CATSA's insanely exacting standards. GAH.

Checking baggage, then. Cross your fingers for me, f-list. o.O

Temperature in Vancouver is almost bearable today (providing you don't... like... move, or exert yourself in any way, shape or form), but I'm not looking forward to the bus. It seems as though the bus is a microcosm of all heat and misery, getting roughly twice the external temperature no matter what that is. Also, it's probably my imagination, but it always seems as though the hotter it gets, the more people are taking the bus. Apparently yesterday was the hottest high we've had in Vancouver since 1998, and we're now officially in a heat wave.

Gods, let it be over soon. *flop*


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Jul. 30th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
The airline size is basically the regular large square size with 2.5 inches chopped off the side. And to be honest? I've yet to see them grab contents if they're in the wrong size bag.

(then again, mine have always been about half full, so? what are you carrying? you're welcome to my shampoo/soap/conditioner if that helps?)
Jul. 31st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Apparently I can't buy my hair-stuff in travel-size, so that decides that.

Hey, do I need to bring a blanket this year? Not that I expect I'll need it...
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
No blanket needed! I have a couple of spares, though, they are the fleece-y throw kind.

But big, so you won't have to worry about- wait.

a) summer
b) height

I think we're safe.
Jul. 30th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Last year I flew from Germany to Louisville, KY with a bottle of wine stashed in my bag. No one said a word.

You'll be fine. ;O)
Jul. 30th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
I've been flying fairly often of late, both domestically (in the States) and internationally and while I've been stopped once or twice when they think the size of the bottle is too big, no one has ever given me trouble over the size of the baggie (and the last two times I've flown, I *know* the bag has been quite a bit bigger).

As long as everything's in the bag and it's out of the suitcase and in the tray when going through the detectors, they don't seem to care.

Hope your flight goes well, good luck! ^_^
Jul. 31st, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
I've lost a tube of toothpaste and a whole new container of facial cleanser because of this.
A lot of places sell travel kits with the right size bag and a number of small empty bottles packed neatly in them. I think if I travel by plane again I just might buy a set of those.
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