Sunday, October 08, 2006

Airport Ancecdote - Strip!

CPT Airport Ancecdote - Strip! at morepraxis

I think this captures a little of what I was talking about a while back with the whole turn the other cheek/give your cloths to anyone who asks you thing. This link from the same site picks up a similar issue.

This summer, Israel denied entry to many travelers, so in Palestine conversations with overseas visitors often touched on “airport stories.” One former resident of the At-Tuwani area, a Palestinian who married a Swedish woman and has lived in Sweden for twenty-two years, told us of his exit experience at the airport.
“After they searched all my luggage, the officer said, ‘Now you need to strip.’ I said, ‘You want me to take my clothes off? Why?’ He said, ‘Normal security procedure.’ I said, ‘OK, I’ll undress, but not here in this back room. I’ll go out into the lobby and strip there, in front of all the tourists, and tell everyone, “This is how they treat you when you leave after visiting here - the officer ordered me to take my clothes off.” You can strip-search me out there.’
“The officer asked, ‘You would do that?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I would do that.’ Then he said, ‘Never mind. Take your bags and go to your plane.’”

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