Are airport security restrictions really there to keep us all safe and sound up in the air and on the ground? Or is it all just one big conspiracy organised by the leaders of industry to get us to buy more of their stuff?

Of course it’s the former. But still, there are definitely industries that have benefited from not being able to take certain products past airport security.

And then there’s the whole industry of travel-sized consumables that’s propped up in the wake of enforced volume restrictions, making us buy smaller versions of stuff we already own…

Here are three such industries that have benefited from draconian-like airport security restrictions.


1. The deodorant industry

Spray deodorant is included in the 100ml liquid restriction, which means you’ll have to buy a new can of the stuff when you land on the other side, or at least a travel-sized version before you leave.

In both cases, you’re buying something you didn’t really need, and no doubt the deodorant industry is spraying their cans like its hot!

Something definitely smells fishy here…


2. The bottled water industry

A post shared by evian (@evianwater) on

I don’t have the stats to back this up, but I reckon global share prices for Evian and other bottled water companies skyrocketed once the decision was made to limit the amount of liquid that could be taken past security to a measly 100ml.

And to add insult to injury, once you’ve made it airside the cost of a bottle of water is criminal – $5 for water? Are you kidding me?

Again, the water tycoons are laughing…


3. The shampoo & conditioner industries

A post shared by Q Hair Design (@qhairdesign) on

Travel sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner now have a dedicated shelf in most chemists and supermarket aisles, and certainly purchases of these items now make up a significant part of the overall revenue pie for hair cleaning companies around the world.

They can thank that 100ml rule for their popularity.

And they can thank us for their profits…

Can you think of any other industries that are benefiting from airport security rules?