Just set off the explosive detector for the second time...

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  1. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed Gold Member

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    First time was in MCI. Turned out to be peroxide in some powdered Tide detergent in my travel kit.

    This time, no clue. Got PreCheck but was beeped for random hand screening which alerted positive. Maybe nitroglycerin, since I worked a paramedic shift last night (but showered since then) maybe talcum powder from after my shower before I ran out the door to the airport. No clue...

    One thing I'm curious for confirmation on: the 3-striped told me we had to do this screening in private as he was required to use the front of his hands in my groin and inner thigh (witnessed by a second screener). True? I can't request/require a public screening for this case like I can an opt-out screen? Didn't know that... would much rather the public see someone get the full Monty in full view.

    Can't really argue with procedure, though, when the machines alert. Made the flight just fine.

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  2. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    What do they do once the detector finds evidence of explosives on you or your bags?
     
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    It changes. A few years ago (the last time it happened to me), they would give you a pat-down and then re-swab.
     
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    Soap, as you likely know, contains glycerin. So does many hand creams/mosturizers. It could be something as innocent as touching some place someone else touched that had hand lotion on it or something.

    You had what's called a "resolution" pat-down. I THINK the TSA quietly changed the opt-out pat-down to the non-offensive style, but if you alarm on something, there you go.

    I would have made a stink about the private screening. Strong probability they are "demanding" that because it makes them look bad in the public eye. Having another screener "witness" is a kangaroo court thing, in my opinion.
     
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  5. daninstl

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    My wife has set them off with acohol wipes in her bag. It doesn't take much.
     
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  6. Mike Reed

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    With time on my hands, I might have done so. Unfortunately, I was running later than I should have and didn't want to risk missing the last flight of the day. And, really, while I can bitch about a lot of things TSA does, once the machine beeps I expect a little more scrutiny and different procedures.

    I am going to see if I can find whether the "resolution" screening to be required to be private. I wouldn't think that the case, but stranger things have happened.

    Essentially they re-patted down "open hand," swabbed all my bags, re-swabbed my hands and when everything was negative, off to my flight I went.
     
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    Must be that dynamite personality of yours!
     
  8. gregm

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    What about explosive diarrhea?
     
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  9. Mike Reed

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    Only of the mouth, I'm afraid...
     
  10. clscholes

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    I'm just glad MCI's detectors work...they run us through so fast, sometime you think they are dummy machines...;)
     
  11. Mike Reed

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    We're talking about the hand-swab machines. Not AIT.
     
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    Either way, the 'dummy' is usually monitoring the machine.
     
  13. Gargoyle
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    I set it off last time, probably because I'd stopped in the chicken coop to clean it and feed them before heading to the airport, probably got some chicken "fertilizer" on my shoes. :)
     
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    Then you had to respond yes to the question: Have you been on a farm in the last two weeks?
     
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  15. Mike Reed

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    I'm guessing he didn't go through FDA, Customs or Integration. I've never been asked that at a domestic security check.
     
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    It was said in jest !
     
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    Considering everything else we have to injest at the TSA checkpoints, I think it was to be expected (or expectorated?)
     

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