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Old 04-10-2010, 04:59   #1
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Sikaflex and Airport Security

I have been using black Sikaflex for years to glue my shoes back together and it works great. I glue the sole back in place or when my sandal straps slide out, I glue them back and they stay.
I had glued the soles on the shoes I was wearing when we went through security at the Singapore airport on our flight back to the US last week when I was chosen to be wiped for traces of explosives including my carry-on and my shoes. The analyzerís alarm went off not once but all six times it was tried and the problem was narrowed down to my shoes.
The police were called and we were told we may miss our flight. Three gun carrying officers arrived and began peppering my wife and I with questions, eventually filling out two pages. I was taken to a secure area and padded down yet again.
The only explanation I can think of is the Sikaflex and told them so. I was asked to write it down on paper for them and one officer spent considerable time on his cell phone repeating everything I was saying. I was asked about construction sites and explosives but I had not been near any that I knew of.
All concerned were very nice and courteous and eventually we were cleared for boarding at the last minute.

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Do you happen to remember which machine they used for the trace detection? Maybe a description of what it looked like? (square box, sloped front, or overgrown laptop?)

Seems like they handled it properly and I'm glad you made your flight.
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the summary of your experience makes me even more determined to stay away from airports and air travel glad it turned out ok.
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Sikaflex...not Semtex!
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I want to Google Sikaflex and some other word
like

b
(hello)
o

m

b

to see if it is used in the making of same... But I am too scared in case the CIA hits me with a drone!



Friends flying to meet this boat:

1 refused to allow Camembert in hand luggage.
1 refused a jar of Vegemite in hand luggage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That nearly killed me

tell your friend to put it in thewir suitcases.
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Glad it worked out ok. Especially glad they were courteous the whole time.

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The particle analyzer used was a table top machine about 5 inches wide, 5 inches high, and 14 inches long. The wipe was about 3 inches square and reminded me of the material wet wipes are made of. After wiping, the pad was placed into a slot at the top of the machine and it took about 10 seconds for it to respond.
The officials were very courteous and the whole affair was like getting your taxes audited except I had nothing to hide.
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I get that sort of thing all the time, but I am usually covered in all sorts of powders from work. I've found that when I hear the beep start naming off all the substances they've found and they'll be a lot more forgiving.
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agh yes the sucess of terrorism, is that I cant carry italian olive oil home any more. Bloody airport security

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I want to Google Sikaflex and some other word
like

b
(hello)
o

m

b

to see if it is used in the making of same... But I am too scared in case the CIA hits me with a drone!



Friends flying to meet this boat:

1 refused to allow Camembert in hand luggage.
1 refused a jar of Vegemite in hand luggage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That nearly killed me

tell your friend to put it in thewir suitcases.

Vegemite and Marmite should be prohibited world-wide
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Vegemite and Marmite should be prohibited world-wide
Where was that thread about Trolls......

I have a friend coming from Australia in January so I can have 3 scrapes of Vegimite per day till then


I always keep a little in the jar in case I get Americans on board.... "Hey, would you like to taste an Australian delicacy?" Works every time!!
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The particle analyzer used was a table top machine about 5 inches wide, 5 inches high, and 14 inches long. The wipe was about 3 inches square and reminded me of the material wet wipes are made of. After wiping, the pad was placed into a slot at the top of the machine and it took about 10 seconds for it to respond.
The officials were very courteous and the whole affair was like getting your taxes audited except I had nothing to hide.
That describes either the Sabre2000 or the VaporTracer. Both out of date units that have issues with interferants. Sorry but you're a victim of budgets not allowing for newer equipment.
Still, glad to see they handled it correctly by asking questions and performing further searches.
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Where was that thread about Trolls......

I have a friend coming from Australia in January so I can have 3 scrapes of Vegimite per day till then


I always keep a little in the jar in case I get Americans on board.... "Hey, would you like to taste an Australian delicacy?" Works every time!!
Hey Mark - all the Non Aussies just don't have the extra Vegemite gene in their makeup which is what they need to appreciate the joy.

Funny though when I worked in Chicago there was a guy there from Texas who I introduced to Vegemite and told him to have a thin spread but he went the opposite and laid it on thick and used it on everything incuding BBQ meat & sausages. Just loves the stuff.
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What's the difference between vegimite and sikaflex???
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What's the difference between vegimite and sikaflex???
None as far as I could tell from my last encounter. All are food from the Soylent family of fine foods.
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