Air Travel

So, I'm currently in San Clemente for a couple of days before going back to Claremont. As usual, the trip cross-country was fun. Lots of hours in a tin can. Anyhow, something amusing happened at T.F. Green when I was leaving. TSA got confused by my backpack in the X-Ray machine (understandable, since it's got a zillion wires and such in it). So they start going through it and they find that I brought a copy of Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The guy then ignores the rest of my bag, pulls out the book, and runs it through the X-Ray while running swabs from it through the chemical analyzer. I'm not sure whether it's worse that

  • they thought they'd find anything on a chemical scan/X-Ray of a book
  • they were more concerned with a book than with the tangle of wires in my bag
  • they were interested in a book in the first place

Isn't travel fun?


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