I’m at LAX yesterday morning. I have a large hard-cornered case. In it are a few laundry bags of dirty or clean laundry, a few battery chargers, and a consumer-grade Sony camcorder that is bolted to a length of steel. The steel is about 14 inches long, 3 inches wide and about an inch thick.
The steel made my case look funny to them, so they opened up the case and looked around. They swabbed the camera/steel plate, and checked the swab in the machine. It came up positive, with traces or residue from an unknown explosive. I didn’t panic or anything. They took my driver’s license info and ticket info, and let me go on my way.
The woman said the information would be stored by TSA but not passed along to the airlines. ( I think she was lying. ) When I finally landed near home, the case had not been cut open again.
Should I wonder about the next time I fly? Oh, I know ( or I think I know ) why the residue was detected. I spent a part of last week with the LAPD’s Video unit and we trained at a facility that had a gun range.
People’s hands transmit the particles as they touch doorways, shake hands, etc.
Anyone have this happen to them?