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Tested positive for explosive residue?

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Twice I've tested positive for explosive residue--once in Spokane and once in Frankfurt. If you're running at all late, this can hold you up.

In Spokane I was told that it was probably from glycerin in cosmetics. Glycerin, nitro glycerin...get it?

It was really inconvenient in Frankfurt because I was running late and Security did a VERY thorough job of inspecting my stuff, including my Systane Eye Drops for dry eyes, and my kindle. I had to open my kindle and turn it on in order to show the folks that it wasn't anything suspicious.

I don't travel with a lot of cosmetics, but today I did read the lists of ingredients on my lotions. I did find glycerin listed on a sample shampoo and a sample body lotion. I had partially used both and then stuck them into my case. The brand was "Peter Thomas Roth," made in Greece and distributed in the U.K.

I probably got them one of the times I stayed at a Hilton in Dresden. I'll use them up and check the labels of anything else I bring.

So if you're tested positive for explosive residue, you might check the list of ingredients on your lotions, shampoos, etc.

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