We encourage everyone to pack gel-filled bras in their checked baggage

My thanks to the Annals of Improbable Research for pointing out this recommendation from the TSA.

I don't own a gel-filled bra, so I'll have to do some extra shopping before my next plane trip.

Comments (23)
  1. Dave says:

    Does that mean I can’t wear my Dr. Scholl’s gel shoe inserts? The terrorists have truly won.

  2. Rich says:

    It sounds funny at first, and I have no personal experience here, but my assumption is that these are worn by women who have had a mastectomy.

  3. required says:

    I’m more amused by the fact that women are allowed to take a small amount of breast milk. What are security going to do if they think the traveller’s breasts are looking a bit too "loaded", hand them a breast pump and tell them to whap their baps out and get pumping?

  4. Nish says:

    > I’m more amused by the fact that women are allowed to take a small amount of breast milk. <<

    They mean "externally collected breast milk". A woman can carry any amount of milk in her breasts – but outside it, she has a limit.

  5. James says:

    It also says this:

    "Passengers with medical gel prosthetics will be permitted through the security checkpoint."

    What if those passengers are carrying weapons?

  6. BrianK says:

    I travelled the weekend of August 12th, right after the plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic was discovered.  I knew not to take shaving cream or shampoo, but at 3:30 in the morning, I wasn’t sure about deodorant, so I threw it in. I had to carry on everything because i was flying as a non-rev on a buddy pass. They kept my deoderant, but didn’t take a chapstick which they should have (twice). I saw a sign by a food place that said "You can’t take drinks, but you CAN take food – grab a snack to go!.  You can’t take jello or yogurt, but you can take a sandwhich. Wonder if they make you scrap the mayo off.  You are allowed to take up to a 7 inch steel wrench and a corkscrew.

  7. …does that mean Pamela Anderson&amp;#39;s breasts are now officially classified as a dangerous weapon ?

  8. Cody says:

    James, I believe they mean through security with those prothetics, not with a free pass.

  9. Smoothie says:

    Seems to me that if a woman was willing to blow herself up along with her bottle-fed infant, then that same woman would be willing to undergo an elective mastectomy so that she could wear an explosive gel-filled bra on board a plane.

    If gels are a true safety threat, then I think we have to ask women to wear bulky sweaters or whatever they need to feel comfortable without a prosthetic gel bra. What did people do in the old days, before gel bras?

  10. Ichthus says:

    Airports and Airplanes shall now be a clothes-free zone.  You get to the airport, strip, and put all of your clothes in your checked baggage.  Have a little lanyard for your boarding pass and ID.  Go through security very very quickly.  Get on the plane.

    Security is extremely easy that way.

  11. Damian says:

    And what about silicone implants? How are *they* going to be tested??

    Mr O’Leary ridiculed the notion of searching five- or six-year-old children and elderly people in wheelchairs going to Spain. Such scenes, he said, would have "terrorists laughing in the caves of Afghanistan"


  12. nksingh says:

    I think the cost of airline security has gotten to be higher now than the cost of having a plane blow up once every 3 years due to terrorist actions.

  13. Orwell says:

    A clothes-free zone?  That’s all?  You forgot to mention the fact that potential passengers will be sequestered for 5 days to make sure they are not carrying any bomb-making fluid filled condoms in their alimentary canal.  Furthermore, the mandatory full body CAT and MRI scans will help detect any surgically implanted explosives.

    Anyhow, they *do* give you a free tyvek robe in a nice orange color for the flight so what are you complaining about?

  14. Dewi Morgan says:

    Given the recent news that breast implants saved a woman’s life after being hit by shrapnel, I have a proposal. As an anti-terrorism measure, padded bras should be handed out free by airlines, to all those who lack sufficient natural padding in that area.

  15. Vipin says:

    The concept of stripping and having a cloth- free airport/airplane zone is an idea which should be explored by authorities. Even the terrorists would give up terror and the ailing airline industry will have a comeback :)

  16. WendyHome says:

    do silicon implants get through?  What about ‘Botox’ injections?  Are men with unusually large ‘packages’ going to have them closely inspected (reference to Spinal Tap scene with the very moist cucumber..)

  17. Peter says:

    I think the cost of airline security has gotten to be higher now than the cost of having a plane blow up once every 3 years due to terrorist actions.

    Absolutely.  We lose 40,000 people every year on our roads and 30,000 every year to the flu.  Yet we lose 3000 once and suddenly everything has to change.  The pendulum has swung much too far the other way.

  18. kristof says:

    Exactly how are they going to check to make sure that no one sneaks them through?

  19. dan leafblad says:

    why dont we just avoid all this and drive?

    well, that gives us another problem, first of all, you cant drive over the ocean. and the second is that the security workers would have no job and have to start a new program for highway security and check you every half mile on the highways for bombs and stuff…

    it never ends, does it?

  20. Dan McCarty says:

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen this talked about anywhere: why not let people take liquids aboard the flight if they’re willing to take a few swigs at the security checkpoint?

    Guard to terrorist: “You’re more than welcome to walk through after you take a nice big gulp of that hydrogen peroxide, acetone, and sulfuric acid mixture you’ve got there in that bottle.”

    [Slate took up this issue. Turns out the effects of drinking explosives aren’t that bad, particularly considering you’re planning on dying anyway! -Raymond]
  21. the man wit a big dick says:


    i hav a big dick

    mabe girls should hav to wear no top

    were all happy then

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