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Airport Security Sensitive to Fireworks

Anyone who plans to set off fireworks on the Fourth of July, be forewarned: your pyrotechnics may delay you at the airport later. Ultrasensitive equipment that can detect minuscule traces of explosives on suitcases and skin might raise suspicions at the security gate. If there’s Roman candle residue on a carryon bag, a government security agent probably will want a chat before the bag is taken aboard the plane. Ever since federal security screeners began checking baggage for weapons and bombs at airports last year, they’ve been discovering suspicious substances used for innocent purposes on air travelers’ luggage. Fertilizer, for example, can activate an alarm. That’s why the Transportation Security Administration warns golfers to clean their shoes and clubs before heading to the airport. Full Story

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