Acrylic glue is mistaken as a bomb at airport security!


#1

When flying this past week, I was stopped by security and they checked my Android tablet for bomb chemicals and it tested positive, three times! Fortunately they let me through after much talking ... I almost missed my connection.

My suspicion is this: I use the tablet to step through the instructions in the assembly guide, and I think I got some of the acrylic glue on the back of it (I see a clear "spot"), and so it must somehow be the case that the acrylic glue has some chemicals that these bomb-testing machines are looking for.

The test they ran on the tablet looks like the one in the pictures here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/02/17/tsa.hands.swabbing/


#2

Oh no!! Sorry to hear about that experience!

That's interesting. Because I've brought an OpenROV through airport security many times before, and it's covered in acrylic glue.


#3

That's great news you can bring an OpenROV onto the plane! I have not tried that (not done building it yet).

They only pick a subset of people to test for explosives. When you are picked, you know it: they take this little swab thing, rub it around on your hands, your computers/tables, etc., then carry the swab back to the machine for testing.

I sort of want to bring the acrylic glue to the airport next time and ask them to test that and see if it's what sets off the machine. But I have a feeling that would not go over very well :)


#4

I just made my first trip thru airport security at IAH and they swabbed the rov and ethernet connector, every thing read negative.