Why Does The TSA Swab Your Hands, Phone, Laptop, Food, Bag, Shoes, etc.?

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just spent 30 minutes in the regular TSA queues, less than 5 minutes in the TSA Pre-Check line or 1 minute in the CLEAR area, all lines eventually lead to, not Rome, but the X-ray machines.

Once you’re there, it doesn’t matter if you’ve done this a bajillion times before, or even if you haven’t and know what to do to get you through X-ray quickly, you might go through the machine and get the random beeping alarm. Or maybe you got the dreaded SSSS on your boarding pass.

Either way, the TSA workers pull you aside and say you have to go through a secondary screening. It usually just involves them swabbing your hands (and/or your cell phone, laptop, food, bag, shoes, etc.), putting the swab in an Explosives Trace Detector (ETD) and, when given the all-clear, you’re told you can be on your merry way.

But why are they doing that? And why YOU?

Continue reading “Why Does The TSA Swab Your Hands, Phone, Laptop, Food, Bag, Shoes, etc.?”

Five Easy Ways To Help You Stay Healthy While Traveling

Whether you’re traveling for work or for leisure, there’s a real risk of something happening to you, healthwise. Your daily routine is changed, you may make some unhealthy choices, etc. But with these five simple things, you may be able to ward off some common maladies and keep feeling good.

Continue reading “Five Easy Ways To Help You Stay Healthy While Traveling”

Airports & Airplanes Are Filthy – Here’s How To Protect Yourself

It should come to no surprise to anyone that airports & airplanes are filthy. There are thousands upon on thousands of people crammed into a building or traveling through the air in metal tubes every day and their hands and fingers have been in lots of icky (and sometimes downright nasty) places and who knows when was the last time any of them have washed their hands or even if they did a good job of it.

You’d think that bathrooms would be the dirtiest places but nope, that’s not even close…

Continue reading “Airports & Airplanes Are Filthy – Here’s How To Protect Yourself”