A very tough looking Airman came onto the van and asked if anyone had been through an x-ray machine or in a hospital recently.
I raised my hand, reluctantly and said I'd had these test which included ISOTOPES but I - this is true - had a note from my doctor. I showed the note to the security guy and he cleared the van.
As he was stepping off the van, I said: "You're detector found that through the wall of the bus?"
"They're gamma rays, sir. They go through just about anything."
My van-mates moved as far away from me as they could. I didn't blame them.
That test was on Tuesday. On Wedesday I spent the day with one of my favorite Members of Congress, Virginia Foxx, in Raleigh, North Carolina. I attended a lunch with her, then did the speech at a fundraiser.
I had driven down because I had been warned about these ISOTOPES setting off detectors at airports and I didn't think I wanted to be explaining to some Ethiopian-speaking-TSA-guy about why I was glowing in the dark. After my speech, I turned around and drove back up to Washington.
At 7:30 Thursday morning that little mini-series occurred at Andrews because I am now in Abilene looking at their alternative energy activities in the company of Assistant Secretary of Energy, Andy Karsner.