Airlines Begin Swabbing Hands For Explosives
February 18, 2010
The TSA introduced the measure in response to the attempted Christmas attack on Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.
“The point is to make sure that the air environment is a safe environment,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.
“We know that al Qaeda [and other] terrorists continue to think of aviation as a way to attack the United States. One way we keep it safe is by new technology [and] random use of different types of technology.”
Not only will the tests be conducted at the usual checkpoints, but can be randomly checked at various areas in the airport, such as gates.
This is due to the new portable machines that make it easier to conduct these swabs.
The ACLU is praising the measures as a great way of ensuring security without infringing on privacy.