Although the TSA started their passenger hand swabbing program last February, my first experience with it was today at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
Prior to boarding my JetBlue flight to Long Beach, an announcement was made by JetBlue personnel that passengers would be randomly selected for secondary hand baggage searches or to have their hands swabbed and checked for explosives.
Five TSA agents were standing around the gate with an Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) machine and those famous circular swabs that we have come to know and love over the last few years.
While I am against any government intrusion on my ability to freely move within the United States, I understand that most people disagree and I actually think this hand swabbing program is better than some of the other dubious terror-flighting tactics the TSA has implemented.
I avoided the check by waiting to board the plane until right after a passenger had been "randomly" selected for a search.
Every time I see the TSA "looking busy" like they were today, I can’t help but to shake my head in dismay. Nevertheless, at least this program seems to be random and is relatively non-obtrusive.