By Susan Harper
Air travel these days is a wild adventure. It was always rife with uncertainty – subject to weather delays, labor union strife, airport readiness, and the dreaded mechanical difficulties. (We might not mind the slight risk of a flat tire if we’re traveling by car, but nobody wants the slight risk of a plane engine catching fire.) Now we have the added challenges instigated by terrorism.
Going through security is the travel equivalent of the Olympic high hurdles. Preparations begin with the packing process, which is reversed when one enters the security area. There, a general undressing and unpacking commences, as we divest ourselves of half of our clothes, both of our shoes, and all of our toiletries and electronic equipment. And we must then reassemble it all.