Serious question regarding the TSA sniffers and gun powder

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by RosemaryT, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. RosemaryT

    RosemaryT Original Member

    As a woman who believes in not being a victim, I have a few weapons at home for self-defense. One of them is a Mossberg 500 20-gage shotgun.

    I spend quite a bit of time at the range firing the shotgun, and my other firearms as well. When I come home from the range, I wash my hands and face thoroughly. There is quite a "smell" to gunpowder.

    However, I also wear a lot of silk-cotton blend shirts (I love silk), and they're hand-wash only.

    My question is, does gunpowder residue get picked up by the TSA sniffers?

    Surely, I can't be the only citizen who owns a shotgun and also flies from time to time - and wears silk shirts???

    Thanks for the replies.

  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Good choice.

    The TSA's swabs are useless theater. They'll "trigger" on anything the individual clerk thinks might represent a good reason to haul you into a back room and separate you from your belongings.

    (They should not trigger on smokeless propellant. But people have reported that their range gear has triggered the back room grope-down, too.)
  3. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    They trigger with hand lotion, soap and contact solution so...I would suggest separating your clothes. Set aside travel clothes hay you'll never wear to the range nor touching your range clothes.

    But even then, there's no guarantee.

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