Do Canadian airports swab for drug residue or just explosives?
February 12, 2014 1:56 PM Subscribe
A couple of years ago I was flying across Canada and got randomly selected for an extended search of my bags and everything swabbed. They swabbed my cellphone, camera equipment, and bags. After a few minutes they told me the swab came up positive. I'm not sure what for.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I should have asked for what, but I assumed they wouldn't say anyway. Maybe they would have. I got taken to the side and asked many questions about where I work, what chemicals I have been in contact with, and a whole list of personal info including SIN# and address. After that they took away all my liquids (even though they were packed in small containers and ziplocks and followed all rules.) and let me go on my flight. I haven't been swabbed again since, even though I have flown several times since. I hadn't been near any explosives or dangerous chemicals, although I do occasionally smoke pot and most likely there was residue on my phone. Is THC what they found on the swab? Or did I just have some random residue of something else on me that I shouldn't worry about? I would never be stupid enough to bring any pot into an airport, so its not like I could get in any trouble for having residue on me, can I? Also losing over $100 of toiletries and makeup was annoying and the delay at security was also very inconvenient. I am also not happy that my name is on some airport security list somewhere.
Besides explosives, what are they swabbing for at airport security and should I worry about drug residue from marijuana?