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  1. The thing most surprising about the NYT Hotel Pennsylvania article was not how much it had declined in recent years — everyone knew that — but that 100 years ago how truly incredible it was. The photos of those opulent lounging spaces conveyed what a remarkable place it once was.

  2. Water bottles not being allowed through security are absolutely ridiculous. If they’re un-opened – and TSA can clearly see that – along with the contents in the bottle are only “water,” why not allow them through?

  3. There are plenty of clear liquids that are nonetheless explosive. It would not be difficult to fill a bottle of water with whatever you’d like and make it appear to be unopened. The issue was always that basic 2D x-rays don’t have the accuracy to truly distinguish between a bottle of water together with harmless electronic devices, and a bottle of liquid explosives together with material that would enable construction of something dangerous post-security. CT scans allow 3-D imaging for much better threat identification. The “war on water” was always about fighting the last war instead of the next one. Newer technology just makes this a truly indefensible policy.

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