If you want to know what to expect when flying and going through TSA security checkpoint you had better read this.
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11/18/2011 04:09 PM
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Re: If you want to know what to expect when flying and going through TSA security checkpoint you had better read this.
I had this exact same scenario happen to me at MCO back in August, and I didn't decline the body scanner.
My flight the night before had been cancelled so had to stay off-the-airport and get back there for a 6am flight the next morning. I had been in Northern Florida camping out at a music fest for a few days so god know what kind of "residue" I had on my unwashed clothing. I passed thru security the night before with NO problems.
I get there the next morning and there is a massive line, and I'm already strapped for time because the airline never re-ticketed my friend for some reason.
I get whisked aside by a TSA agent who says they have to examine my luggage further and subject me to a back-of-the-hand glove-swab as you mentioned. They tear apart my carry-on bag and question me about every item, "why do you have underwear" "what is this lighter for" "why are some of your clothes wet" etc. Then they asked why I was tired, and explained I slept for 2 hours because I had to get back to the airport. Also, they looked and saw my flight was departing in 20 minutes and joked "well, looks like you won't be making this flight haha". Like, really?!
Anyway, they re-pack my carry-on (horribly) and tell me the swab-test came back "positive" for an unknown substance. So they take me to a frosted-glass room as you described. My personal items sitting next to me. I watch as the main agent and 3 others follow me into this room. I thought it was a weirdly voyeuristic situation to have 3 adult males watch as the other explains that the "enhanced" pat down will be conducted using the front of the hand as opposed to the back. After feeling my junk and buttocks, the agent leaves for 5 minutes. I make some jokes because its the only way I can cope with an uncomfortable situation. The agent comes back in and says the test came back negative this time and I am free to leave.
I tried to ask for the results or what kind of substance suddenly comes back negative, but was told they could not tell me why I was pulled aside. I'm just happy they didn't submit me to a cavity search, because when I saw the room I was in, and a gigantic box of blue rubber gloves, I thought I would be limping out of that room. Very weird situation and I'm glad I found your post, OP. Cheers.
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