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    Attn2 TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    By Jeanne Meserve and Mike M. Ahlers, CNN
    February 17, 2010 11:22 a.m. EST

    Washington (CNN) -- To the list of instructions you hear at airport checkpoints, add this: "Put your palms forward, please."

    The Transportation Security Administration soon will begin randomly swabbing passengers' hands at checkpoints and airport gates to test them for traces of explosives.

    Previously, screeners swabbed some carry-on luggage and other objects as they searched for the needle in the security haystack -- components of terrorist bombs in an endless stream of luggage.

    But after the Christmas Day attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit, Michigan, the TSA began a program of swabbing passengers' hands, which could be contaminated by explosive materials, experts say. The TSA will greatly expand the swabbing in the coming weeks, the agency said.

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    Interesting. I certainly prefer this to whole-body scanners. I wonder what will happen when heart patients test positive for nitroglycerine though ...

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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    I wonder how successful this is going to be when a terrorist washes his hands.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I wonder how successful this is going to be when a terrorist washes his hands.
    Or uses gloves.

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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I wonder how successful this is going to be when a terrorist washes his hands.
    Actually he could wash his hands a hundred times and the residue would still be on them.

    Much harder then you think to get rid of bomb residue. Can't see this hurting.

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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    Actually he could wash his hands a hundred times and the residue would still be on them.

    Much harder then you think to get rid of bomb residue. Can't see this hurting.
    So if I go to the shooting range the day before, would I still test positive? Hmm ...

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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    So if I go to the shooting range the day before, would I still test positive? Hmm ...
    Yes, you could.......
    All that means is that they will check you closer....
    If someone had common sense thay might avoid something that would test positive...
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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    Actually he could wash his hands a hundred times and the residue would still be on them.


    As Coranado pointed out, the terrorist could use gloves.

    Much harder then you think to get rid of bomb residue. Can't see this hurting.
    Hard, not impossible.
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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    So if I go to the shooting range the day before, would I still test positive? Hmm ...
    I doubt that they would test for gunpowder. Most likely they would test for less common types of explosives.

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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    As Coranado pointed out, the terrorist could use gloves.



    Hard, not impossible.
    Just another tool of detection, I see no harm....

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    Re: TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    I doubt that they would test for gunpowder. Most likely they would test for less common types of explosives.
    That would pose a problem, though. Say the bad guys run a guinea pig through with gunpowder residue, the TSA tests him and he comes out negative. Now they know to make their explosive with gunpowder.

    I'm not saying they should or shouldn't test for explosives, but I am sort of interested in how they would draw a line regarding what they are testing for.

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