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Testing My Jacket At The Airport!  
User currently offlinegosimeon From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 663 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4902 times:

So, I was going through security at FRA before a flight to DUB this morning and everything went as per usual. However, a lady then came up to me and said "Are these your items, sir?". When I said they were, she explained that they needed to bring me a different room to test my jacket.

When in that room, she seemed to rub some sampling paper or something off the inside of my jacket. She then put the paper card into a machine which gave her some sort of reading. After, she told me I can go ahead.

I didn't see them do this to anyone else.

Was this some sort of a jacket drug test?! Maybe I look like a bit of a stoner or something    

Anybody on here know what this was all about? Cheers!

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User currently offlineShamrock137 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

I believe this is to test for explosives residue. The machines are quite sensitive and I think the theory is that if you were handling or constructing some type of explosive that tiny parts of explosive residue would be on your cloths and be able to be detected, and if so you and your luggage would get additional screening.


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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8724 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4792 times:

Quoting Shamrock137 (Reply 1):
I believe this is to test for explosives residue.

I've heard exactly the same from someone who regularly works at quarries.   



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User currently onlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2894 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4747 times:

Quoting Shamrock137 (Reply 1):
I believe this is to test for explosives residue. The machines are quite sensitive and I think the theory is that if you were handling or constructing some type of explosive that tiny parts of explosive residue would be on your cloths and be able to be detected, and if so you and your luggage would get additional screening.

Yup, that's what they are doing. They did this to my laptop after I just finished doing an inventory shift for my airline and I had to handle squibs. Being in full uniform w/ airline badges hanging around my neck and getting onto a flight (positive space) on my own airline, I didn't think they would be testing my laptop but when they pulled it aside to do the test I self disclosed what I was doing all week and it may come back positive. That was a dumb move...they gave me a look like I was ready to blow them up right there and then! I called the Supervisor I was dealing with all week of the airport over and he confirmed to TSA what I was doing all week and what I had touched (which was not only the squibs but various flammable liquids, etc.), they saw all the paperwork in my laptop bag and they went easy on me LOL!



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4740 times:

You'd be surprised what household products have explosive making materials in them. I got my laptop swabbed at Manchester, UK. Turns out shampoo has explosives in it.  

User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2885 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4706 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 4):
Turns out shampoo has explosives in it.

So that's why some people are bald...   



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User currently offlineSirThomas From UK - England, joined Jul 2009, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4658 times:

Ohhh Germany... Every bloody time I go through Frankfurt I get this happen to me, I have a feeling that it's because of all the camera equipment I carry (batteries times a million etc...) Then they take you to that pokey little room with the swabs..

Only airport it happens in though I find!  
Tom



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User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4647 times:

I went through security one time behind a local bagpipe band. Bagpipes in their instrument cases look like... well... pipe bombs. Unfortunately, the TSA screener muttered "oh my God, its a bomb" when he first saw the xray, shortly followed by some other pax in the security line taking a sharp step backwards as a reaction.

Fortunately a simple explanation, the explosive swab, and a good chuckle later, everything was ok. The funny thing is, they did not manually inspect the instruments - just swabbed and when it came out clean, all was well.



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