Is the cruise industry going to be able to continue to regard checked luggage differently than the TSA does carry on luggage on air-transports?

It occurs to me that in short order, due to evolutionary changes in contemporary cruising, we might be subject to a completely different cruise experience, security wise, due to increasing global political unrest and subsequent dangers.

To be specific, how long is the cruise industry going to be able to regard checked luggage any differently than the TSA does carry on luggage on air-transports?

It's easy for the TSA to be more lenient with checked luggage on airline flights, for instance, relatively large volumes of liquids, firearms, other weapons and dangerous objects are allowed, since the passenger never comes in contact with their luggage while on the aircraft. Not so for cruise ships, every passenger is reunited with his/her luggage once in the cabin.

Would this development be a positive or a negative for you?

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On the airlines one can exceed the 3.4 ounces if it is a prescription medication.

Interesting history behind the 3.4 ounce limitation, I'll try to find it and post it here. If I recall correctly it was a discovery in Britain originally by INTERPOL. A lot of logic behind it.

This might help, or lead to more confusion:

Here is an excerpt, read the entire article though:

"We reduce risk by deciding what we believe is necessary for a completed bomb -- the core of the 100ml (3.4 ounce) limit. Extensive testing began the morning of August 10, 2006 -- the day the liquids plot was made public -- to determine if there is a level at which any liquid brought onboard a plane represents little risk. These were tests by multiple government agencies, National Laboratories and other nations and they assisted in the 3-1-1 formulation. We announced 3-1-1 on September 26, 2006 and that allowed travelers to go on overnight trips without having to check a bag. That is the trade-off: if 3-1-1 is too complicated, you can always just check your bag."

Remember this one in 1985?

"The Achille Lauro left Genoa, Italy, on October 3 for a 12-day cruise of the Mediterranean Sea. Aboard were 748 passengers and several hundred crew. On October 7 the ship docked at Alexandria, Egypt, and 651 passengers disembarked to tour the pyramids, intending to rendezvous with the ship at Port Said that night. After the sightseers had gone ashore, four men brandishing AK-47 machine guns corralled the crew and the remaining 97 passengers and forced the captain to leave port. They allowed crew members to continue with their duties."

The hijackers murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a retired, wheelchair-bound Jewish American businessman, shooting him in the forehead and chest. They then forced the ship's barber and a waiter to throw his body and wheelchair overboard. Klinghoffer's wife, Marilyn, who did not witness the shooting, was told by the hijackers that he had been moved to the infirmary. She only learned the truth after the hijackers left the ship at Port Said. PLO Foreign Secretary Faroug Qaddumi later denied that the hijackers were responsible for the murder, and suggested that Marilyn had killed her husband for insurance money. Over a decade later, in April 1996, PLF leader Muhammad Zaidan accepted responsibility, and in 1997, the PLO reached a financial settlement with the Klinghoffer family.

The men—who had been posing as passengers—were members of a PLF faction "

Not just the eastern Mediterranean, Red Sea and North Africa being impacted either, Celebrity Solstice just canceled their stop in Bali. As noted in the article this really hurts some of the crew as it gives their families a chance to come on board and see them. In late 2007 we were on the Amsterdam for a two day stop there. It amazed me to see all the Indonesian families that had traveled far to meet with family who crewed on our vessel. Sad.

At the World Affairs Council luncheon two weeks ago an expert on Turkey, Isis, and mid-east unrest spoke to us. He didn't have a political agenda to press but really knew what was going on. In short--what a mess. Very complicated without clear solutions other than it is politically very dicey and doing the wrong thing can result in much more political destabilization world wide.

This is not a positive for world cruising, let me tell you.

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