Wash your Hands before flying

This is a discussion on Wash your Hands before flying within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by gasmitty Well, unless you've been out shooting black powder, seems to me that smokeless gunpowder residue isn't much of a threat or ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Well, unless you've been out shooting black powder, seems to me that smokeless gunpowder residue isn't much of a threat or indicator of anything. Smokeless powder doesn't explode, it burns - and it's a damn poor explosive. Of course, silly me - I'm not thinking like the government.

    A couple of years ago I was travelling with sidearms and ammunition. The ammo was all in factory boxes. The TSA agent dutifully opened each box of ammo, removed one round, and swabbed it. Mind you, the ammo boxes were clearly marked ".45 ACP"... and all I could think was, what on earth did she think the chemical swab would reveal??? Well, nothing came back from the analyzer, but I still shake my head at that.

    Smokeless powder is not an explosive. Insert some scientific explanation here about the pressure curve. Black powder is an explosive albeit not a good one by today’s standards. She was probably checking for that.

    As to the OP I worked with these guys every day for five years and had many talks about this with them. I was always told gun powder is no big deal. I have since transferred and no longer deal with TSA every day.
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    Just don't get any or your exploded bomb on your shootin' iron and you'll be just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus View Post
    Wow, and our tax dollars pay for that! Do they have a maximum IQ test to work for the TSA? Something like 80?
    Don't think so. I don't think they have a minimum IQ requirement either.



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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus View Post
    Wow, and our tax dollars pay for that! Do they have a maximum IQ test to work for the TSA? Something like 80?
    I think you give them too much credit. There's a reason that I haven't been on an airplane since 2004.

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