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post #31 of 90 (permalink) Old 21-11-2015, 15:10
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The French either use a swab or an electronic wand to discover explosives residue and/or drugs


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I thought they were some sort of Spanish/Mexican food!
Sorry 'resident pedant' (as you recently described yourself elsewhere). I omitted the . after the abbreviation, but the drivers amongst us were up on it.

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We were coming home,they put the swab in an analyser and it gives an instant reading,I have had this done on several previous return trips now.I have even been asked if I own the motorhome,maybe I don't look as if I could afford it. And I very much doubt if you could refuse them.

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We were coming home,they put the swab in an analyser and it gives an instant reading,I have had this done on several previous return trips now.I have even been asked if I own the motorhome,maybe I don't look as if I could afford it. And I very much doubt if you could refuse them.
This swab thing is news to me. I initially thought that you were referring to a DNA swab.

Are you saying the French swab you when leaving France?

What part of the body do they swab? - could get a bit personal methinks.

I would appreciate more info. Who conducts the French checkes - Douaniers? Police?

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This swab thing is news to me. I initially thought that you were referring to a DNA swab.

Are you saying the French swab you when leaving France?

What part of the body do they swab? - could get a bit personal methinks.

I would appreciate more info. Who conducts the French checkes - Douaniers? Police?

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I'm getting worried about you worrying so much Geoff,they swab the steering wheel and the door trim,not you personally but if you have handled explosives it will have transferred to those parts of the vehicle.Don't know what arm of French authority but presume douanne.
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The French just waved a wand around the van

I wondered should I make a christmas wish!!

Then they leaned on the drivers door looking at the two reverse screens

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My wife just came back via Cherbourg with no checks but Poole 'frisked' her and looked into all her shopping in the car.

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I suppose it's occurred to any terrorist, as it always occurs to us, that if you are going to handle explosives then wear gloves or don't touch your steering wheel afterwards. Would make me a bit happier if they swabbed other bits of the van on a random basis as well as the steering wheel.
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I had every computer 'swabbed' going too and from The states for the last 10 years.

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I had only encountered the use of 'swab' in the medical sense of taking a sample from a person.

Must get out more - particularly where terrrorists and bombers operate.

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