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Why are you always chosen for ‘explosive testing’? - Airport_News

 

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Are you wondering why it’s always you who’s asked to go through the extra ‘explosives’ test before you can clear screening—while your travel companion breezes on through?

In our recent posts, we've shed light on the various airport security methods, including why you’re sometimes asked to surrender your deodorant or hair spray that’s in an aerosol can. So we thought we’d answer the question “Why me?”

Security screening officers are required to undertake explosive trace detection (ETD) testing on a ‘random and continuous basis’. For more information on the ETD batch testing at Newcastle Airport click here.

If you are the only person walking through the screening point, then you must be tested. No profiling is used in selecting people for explosive testing. (We can confidently say you weren’t selected because of the way you look.)

ETD involves the security officer rubbing a ‘wand’ with a special pad on it, called a swab, against specific items including your buttons, belt, pockets, shirt cuffs, overcoats and jackets, head wear, footwear and any casts. If you are carrying baggage or personal items they also have to be tested.

The wand is then inserted into the ETD machine which tests the pad for explosives.  The sophisticated testing—which not only identifies explosives, but what the explosive is and how much has been detected—produces a report which is either negative, which means your screening is complete, or positive, which means you’ll require a second ETD test.

It’s not uncommon for a high percentage of our passengers to test positive as Newcastle Airport is close to Defence, mining, farming, and production regions, all of which use explosives or elements found in explosives through their day to day working environments.  Some cleaning products and toiletries (like some ladies perfumes) may also result in a positive ETD result.   

So, in response to your question as to why it is always you that is always chosen for the ETD test, the answer is you simply have bad luck to always be the ‘next cab off the rank’ through the screening point.

More information about the passenger screening process is available from the TravelSECURE website here:

http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/domestic/faq/airport_checks.aspx

Please note: You have the right to refuse you ETD testing, however, if you refuse to be screened, you will not be allowed to pass through the security screening point or to board your flight.

 
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