Collateral damage in the airports' War on Moisture

19 airport workers and TSA agents who were fighting the War on Moisture were hospitalized today after the hell-brew of confiscated liquids they had been mixing began to offgas something toxic — likely a by-product of mace or pepper-spray.

"They could find absolutely no sign of air contamination," he said. "It's important that people recognize that we don't have any indication that this was a deliberate act to disrupt airport operations."

Given the workers' symptoms and that the air tests did not find anything, Hogan said, the likely culprit is discarded Mace or pepper spray. Travelers often carry the chemicals and forget about them until they enter a checkpoint, he said. The chemicals are prohibited past the checkpoint.


(Thanks, Bill!)