Security screeners at 40 major airports will soon be trained in using casual conversation to flush out possible meanies who are on a “Virgin-quest” scavenger hunt. This should be interesting. A slip of the tongue is all that’ll be required:
TSA screener: Where ya goin’?
Passenger wearing turbin: Uh, Boston.
TSA screener: Go there much?
Passenger wearing turbin: This will be my second time.
TSA screener: Will that be shoe-bomb, or non-shoe bomb today?
Passenger wearing turbin: Shoe b… no, wait!
TSA screener: A-haaa!
ACLU lawyer: Can’t do that, Sparky. That’s profiling the dim-witted. Be on your way, passenger.
Too bad they didn’t have this “casual conversation” approach in place last year, and I wouldn’t have been pulled aside for extra screening— the screeners just would have been bored to death with a chat about the frustrations of the writing business and how bad the Detroit Tigers are.
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