Moscow News reports that a Russian celebrity named Ksenia Sobchak claims she was asked to strip naked by the TSA at Miami International Airport after it was found that she supposedly had “explosive residue” on her hands.
Readers of this blog know what “explosive residue” means: hand lotion, glycerin, gardening fertilizer, etc. Because as we’ve reported umpteen times, all those things and more cause false alarms. All the time. To the point, again as we’ve reported, that TSA clerks themselves joke about it.
The Moscow News report is confusing. Though I wouldn’t put it past the TSA to coerce anyone into stripping, especially a beautiful woman (just ask Nina Gilkenson), especially celebrities, and because we know they’ve done this so many times and lied about it, it’s not clear from the story what actually happened.