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Trip Report Strange beginning to my recent trip to Germany

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I generally have to be patted down at airport security, since I have artificial knees which set off the metal detector. Before my May flight to Germany (which began with an Alaska Airlines flight from Spokane to Seattle), the TSA lady patted me down thoroughly, as usual wearing blue gloves. After the pat-down, she took a circular cloth and wiped down the palms of the gloves, then inserted the cloth into a slot in a machine/electronic gadget of some kind.

The cloth set off an alarm, so she called over a supervisor. It seems I tested positive for explosive residue. Me! Explosive residue! They took all my stuff out of my purse and my carry-on bag and x-rayed everything. Needless to say, they found no explosives in my purse or my bag. I asked what in the world would have caused a positive signal for explostives, and I was told that it was probably glycerin in a lotion of some kind.

That made sense, of course, but I carry pretty much the same cosmetics and lotions on all trips, and this reaction has never occurred before.

I"m going to write a sort of trip report for this trip, but I'm still in the grip of jet lag, so will continue later.

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