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The last two times I have trav­elled through air­port se­cu­rity (Lon­don Gatwick and Ali­cante) with my two Nikon bod­ies, three lenses, Speed­light, Rode mic, etc. my bag has been sin­gled out for a quick search. Noth­ing is found, but this is a new search with a “swab” and has not hap­pened be­fore; well not since my film days and I had a lead-lined film bag. I am still car­ry­ing the same kit as I have for years.

Do you have any knowl­edge as to what they are search­ing for and why has it hap­pened? Has it hap­pened to other read­ers?

David Rhodes, Princes Ris­bor­ough, UK

Swab­bing with spe­cial wipes is usu­ally done as a test for ex­plo­sive residue. A quick check round the of­fice re­veals it’s hap­pened to a few of the staff on N-Photo and its sis­ter mag­a­zines, and it’s re­ally noth­ing to worry about. Spain did raise its air­port se­cu­rity lev­els back in March, which might ac­count for why your bag was swabbed the last two times you flew.

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