I was reading this Fluke multimeter safety manual and I came across this sentence: http://faculty.riohondo.edu/jfrala/fluke_multimeters_-_abcs_of_multimeter_safety_multimeter_safety_and_you_application_note.pdf
"Non-contact voltage detectors are a quick, inexpensive way to check for the presence of live voltage on ac circuits, switches and outlets before working on them."
Question 1: Why exactly is this relevant? If you are going to work on a circuit, why not use your multimeter directly to check the presence of voltage?
I thought about safety but I can't see a real reason. If you are worried about safety, once you measure the presence of voltage with the non-contact voltage detector you would need to use your multimeter next anyway (and the "safety" you supposedly got from measuring it with the the non-contact detector would becomes useless).
What am I missing?
Question 2: Why exactly are these called "non-contact" voltage detectors? You still need to physically insert them into an outlet (or somewhere else you want to check) in order for it to work.