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January 5, 2011 - Frank Robinson
My wife and I did a little traveling during the holidays. Most of it was by air.
Before we left, I was curious about the changes I have been reading about regarding the security searches. We came back with mixed results.
We flew out of Pittsburgh to Charlotte to Knoxville. I couldn't tell a big difference.
For me, it was the usual: Take off the shoes, cap, belt, etc. and walk through the metal detector. No problem going or coming home.
My wife was not so lucky. On the way back she was subjected to one of those more aggressive hand searches. When I asked here after she was cleared, she said the news reports have been correct ... and that she was "thoroughly" frisked. While I was watching her get searched, it occurred to me how demeaning it is.
While in Tennessee, we visited with my wife's dad and stepmom. Her dad, a retired Marine, gave me a military poncho liner and sleeping bag. It was in the standard green military duffel bag with a string tied the top.
I thought, "this will never make it back to Ohio." So I decided to not check the bag and use it as carry-on luggage. I figured if airport security confiscated, at least I could make some other arrangements on the spot.
I have to admit I looked a little suspicious toting this good-sized bag through the airport. I was surprised. I didn't raise one eyebrow that I know of. They ran it through the X-ray machine and off I went.
The contrast in these scenarios is interesting. My wife got thoroughly frisked but this odd looking bag made it fine. Go figure
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