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Had an odd experience going through Heathrow security the other day that almost made me miss my flight.
They decided to do a manual search of my camera bag, which involved swabbing everything for the explosive residue check. No big deal, I thought, having had this done numerous times over the years. This time, however, the machine reported a positive. So they checked again. Another positive. And after two positives, protocol required I be detained until the police and explosive-sniffing dogs arrived.
Remarkably (for Heathrow) this was pretty quick. After the police did a quick background check of me and the dog proved utterly uninterested in my camera gear and bag I was on my (un-merry) way running to the gate to just catch my flight.
The dog handler said it was likely some lens-cleaner residue had set off the machine (it was evidently a very low reading) and I'm curious if anyone has ever experienced a similar issue at airport security or indeed if anyone knows whether lens cleaner can in fact result in a positive explosive-swab test. Now I'm gonna be paranoid every time my bags are picked for a manual search