Like a teenager fixated on the latest fad, US aviation security keeps chasing the wrong thing, perpetually playing catch-up to an enemy both ingenious and infinitely adaptable. First it was fingernail files. Then flammables. Now it's fluids, gels and lotions. Passengers accustomed to leaving penknives and lighters behind when they pack for a trip have to add bottled water and toothpaste to the list of items prohibited by the Transportation Security Administration in carry-on bags. One ...

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