Airport security has changed through the years

Posted: Jun. 4, 2011 7:28 pm Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 9:35 am

To The Herald-Whig:

When the U.S. Navy SEALS made Osama bin Laden a "good" (a "dead" al-Qaeda), security was enhanced in the U.S. This security reminded me of the idiotic ritual one was required to submit to previously at airports.

Here were the questions:

Have you been separated from your suitcases since they were packed? (No.)

Did anyone other than you pack your suitcase? (No.)

Are you carrying inside your suitcases any packages from anyone else which were not packed by you? (No.)

During the day when people actually worried about security at points of entry into the country, a middle-aged French intellectual with practically no knowledge of English heard the immigration examiner ask, "Do you believe in overthrowing the United States government by force of violence?" "Er," he replied, in agony exactly to understand the question, "preferably by force." That stopped the assembly line until it was explained that the purpose of the question hadn't been to ask him whether he "preferred" force to violence, rather to ask him to simply say, no, as a comprehensive answer.


Daniel Bastean



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