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TSA warns against insulated drink containers

December 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities on Thursday issued a new alert for travelers: your empty coffee or tea thermos will be getting a closer look. According to the Department of Homeland Security, insulated beverage containers could be used by terrorists to hide explosives.

Some say this is another security measure that's being taken too far.

Nick Hancoff of the group We Won't Fly said some of the security checks infringe on basic civil rights.

"We're going to continue to see outlandish things where they claim they have power over our private property and our liberties," he said.

Officials said the thermos check is just another measure to stay one step ahead of a potential terrorist threat.