Airlines Begin Swabbing Hands For Explosives

February 18, 2010

US (ChattahBox) – Airlines have started a new security initiative that will allow an additional checkpoint of hand swabs to be performed to check for residue from explosives.

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.



2 Responses to “Airlines Begin Swabbing Hands For Explosives”

  1. Old Man Dotes on February 18th, 2010 2:58 pm

    It’s “swabbing.” not “swapping.” Hands are generally not remove-and-replace components, barring major trauma.

  2. chucky on February 18th, 2010 7:18 pm

    Airport security screenings are just another way that the ruling elites have to keep you scared and obedient. Think about it. Rather than being proactive and screen for suspicious behavior, they have become reactive and have used such incidents as justification for taking away more of your liberties. Take off your shoes, empty your pockets, throw away your liquids, control, control, control… be afraid.

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