TSA could randomly test your drink after security gate

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by SHON GABLES/WFAA

WFAA

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM

DALLAS - While many in the public are just becoming aware of random drink testing at airport gates, some of which happen way after passengers clear security entrances, the Transportation and Security Administration is reminding passengers the policy is not new.  

In fact, TSA officials says the random tests have been happening for years.
 
According to the TSA's website, the beverage checks are random, hygenic and happen at airports across the country.
 
The test involves a test strip and dropper containing a non-toxic solution. TSA agents do not place the test strips in your drink. Instead, agents have the passenger remove the cap or lid, and agents then hold the strip over the opening.
 
The test strip is then removed away from the drink and the solution is dropped on the strip.
 
The bigger issue is what is the TSA testing for? The TSA won't say, only to reiterate the security check works in tandem with the controversial body scans, body pat downs and the removal of your shoes at security check-ins to ensure safe passenger travel.
 
Maggie Johns said no matter what, she's not drinking her drink if TSA agents test the beverage.
 
"No way," she said. "And if they take it, I want them to buy me a new one."
 
Another air traveler, Chike Iwuaba, thinks random drink testing at the gate is overkill.
 
"We already have to do all this other stuff," Iwuaba said. "It's too much."

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