Here’s an interesting experience I had this afternoon at New York’s LaGuardia airport. As a member of CLEAR and TSA Pre-check, normally airport security is a breeze, however that was not the case today. I entered the CLEAR line and was through to the check point in a minute, however this is where things went downhill.
Testing Positive for Explosives at LaGuardia Airport TSA Security
As I went through the metal detector, the beep went off which meant I had been randomly selected for additional screening. I could either go through the full body scanner or opt for a pat down. I decided to opt for a pat down. The officer patted me down and then swabbed my hands for explosives and ran it through the machine. I looked over at the machine that was beeping and it showed “Explosives Detected”. The officer immediately went to call his supervisor.
The supervisor came over and they did a full bag inspection of my carry on bags which had already went through the X-ray machine without causing any sort of bag screening. After my bags were checked, they were swabbed for explosives as well, and came back negative.
Next, I was taken into a “private room” and given an additional pat down, and then the officer left and came back 5 minutes later and said I was free to go, as this time the results came back negative. I really don’t know what caused my hands to test positive for explosives, or if it was just faulty equipment but the supervisor wasn’t alarmed as he said it isn’t all that uncommon…
Meanwhile this whole ordeal took about 25 minutes waiting for the initial pat down, having my bags searched, and getting an additional pat down. Needless to say I was in need of a Woodford on the rocks as my pre-departure beverage as I boarded my flight.
Have you ever tested positive for explosives after going through airport security? Feel free to comment below!