When I went through the security in the Philly Int'l Airport, they made me
take my shoes off and patted me down. It was a lady who did it, but I was
still embarrassed. Fortunately, they didn't make me get out of my wheelchair.
They did search my wheelchair, though, but not with me out of it.
I wasn't too happy about any of it, but I gritted my teeth and bore it. In
Tel Aviv, you go through a lot worse in searches, and the airport there (and
in Europe) is guarded by the military with machine guns.
In packing my stuff, I made sure anything like nail clippers, etc., were
packed in checked-in luggage and not in carry-on baggage, so nothing was
They should have taken you into a private area to search you, I think. But we
are all paying the price of global travelling in the face of terrorist
On Thu, 12 Sep 2002 12:48:35 EDT Magenta Raine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Ken, on Sept. 3, when I came back from DC. I
> was searched at dulles airport
> to the point it was embarrassing they took my
> back pillow and put it through
> the x-ray, the guy went through every pocket in
> my purse TWICE and then put
> it through the x-ray for the second time. The
> lady guard asked me to spread
> my legs so she could search my thighs. they
> took off my new tennis shoes to
> look on the bottom and inside. It was
> embarrassing as everybody could see
> what was going on. I looked up to see a white
> guy shaking his head in wonder.
> I'm darker than many whites, so I guess they
> thought I was an Arab. It was
> an eye opening experience. I have never been
> profiled and I hope I won't be
> again, but I'm glad they were thorough as it
> was close to 9-11
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