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Irrational Satire Confessions of a Baggage Screener BAR-ENDER
Posted by: on Aug 13, 03 | 3:37 pm

"I used the CTX 5500 to keep bombs off your plane. I also go elbows deep in your underwear.

The suitcase was ticking.

It was my third week on the job as one of 55,000 new airport screeners employed by the Transportation Security Administration, and the first day of the war in Iraq. The nationwide terror alert was at orange, and a pair of National Guardsmen patrolled the sprawling departure lobby of the US Airways terminal at LaGuardia, rifles at the ready, gas masks strapped to their thighs. All this made the egg-timer click coming from the bag, a black rolling cart with a pull-up handle, a matter of some urgency."...



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