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02-24-2010, 04:06 PM
an article similar to this was in this past Sunday's Detroit Free Press. I wanted to know your take on "swiping hands to check for __ chemicals" subject. (I don't think I'll have money to fly anytime soon).

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/springfield-news/airport-security-check-to-include-swabbing-hands-562431.html (http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/springfield-news/airport-security-check-to-include-swabbing-hands-562431.html)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
DAYTON — The TSA wants to read the palms of air travelers in Dayton. Well, some of them, anyway.
In the name of safety, the Transportation Security Administration has begun randomly swabbing the hands of airline passengers to test for traces of explosives.
On top of existing concerns regarding shoes, liquids, sharp objects, computers and other electronic devices, the would-be underwear bomber on a Christmas Day flight bound for Detroit spurred the increased use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) machines to find chemical residue.
The process was tested in January at five airports in the Southeast and will be rolled out nationwide. A spokesperson said the practice will begin very soon at Dayton International Airport. The TSA’s refusal to confirm the start date for using ETD machines at the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus airports was due to “security purposes.”
TSA officials will randomly select passengers, swab their palms and test the disposable screening swab.
“The swabbing of hands takes literally a couple of seconds. It takes the machine a couple of seconds to conduct its analysis to determine whether there are any traces of explosives present,” TSA spokesman Jon Allen said. “It’s something that could be occurring at the (security) checkpoint. It could occur in the queue leading up to the checkpoint or it could occur at a gate area.”
The fixed and portable ETD machines employ the same technology used to swab luggage and carry-on bags. In a 17-day test last month, Allen said the procedure did not delay passenger flow.
“They’re not going to be grabbing hands at random,” he said. “Officers would say, ‘You’ve been selected for random screening’ or something like that.”
If a passenger’s swab tests positive, they would be subjected to more screening to determine if an actual threat is present.
“We find it to be an effective technology,” Allen said. “We believe that increasing the random usage of it on hands will help provide yet another layer for security.”
The swabbing of palms and testing the swab with portable machines may take a few moments, but it represents a major investment in added security measures.
Allen estimated that 7,000 ETD machines already are in use.
To date, the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $15 million for 400 more stationary ETD units for the TSA.
President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget calls for $39 million more for 800 portable machines. Roughly estimated, each fixed unit costs about $37,500 and every portable unit costs $48,750.

02-24-2010, 04:14 PM
I've been swiped for explosives at LaGuardia and I think in Atlanta, too. This was several years ago. I guess they think I'm still in the IRA.

(I know it's random.)

Phoenix McHeit
02-24-2010, 04:22 PM
Why am I suddenly reminded of Jeff-fuh-fuh's trip through the Burbank Airport? "He has da lotion....."

Mistress Morigianna
02-24-2010, 05:32 PM
my thought too.....what if i use lotion? Or have a purple puppet with me.....

Isabelle Warwicke
02-24-2010, 08:12 PM
I have had my pockets swiped on travels to the Keys. My Father had his whole carryon felt up.

Of course, we were both carrying sensitive SCUBA gear with us. How dangerous we were then.

Mistress Morigianna
02-24-2010, 11:44 PM
my carry on's are always felt up. I always have a case of food.

Going to Oklahoma- fruit, good cheese, avacados, artichokes ect.
Coming back- frozen solid venison deer meat (and sticks!)

the sticks are wand material. I have several trees i trim in OK for wands.

Lady Hefron
02-25-2010, 10:35 AM
My carry on always get felt up. I'm Celiac, thus must carry safe food for the trip. I always get at least wanded (and twice literally groped) because I set off the metal detector because of the titanium knees.

You want to swab my hands in addition to this, fine.