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Old 03-01-2006, 07:45 PM
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Guaranteed Airpot Search... Grow a beard.

this is not my imagination, I fly about once a month (domestic) I'm a lazy b@stard so I don't shave all that often, but I've found that if I'm clean shaven, I walk thru airport security like ***** thru a goose.

But If I look the least bit 'bearded' I get stopped. Well right now I've got about 1 months worth of growth on my face. I'm flying to san fran on the march 7th. I'm NOT gonna shave, and I'll bet any nonbelievers a donut that I get flagged over to the 'possible/probable terrorist' lane.

About me: 6'3" 220lb-brown hair/green eyes/well-dressed-Irish descent, non-scary, non-terrorist. (single-hetero for any lady readers)

I'll report back on the 8th... (assuming I make it thru security)

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Old 03-01-2006, 08:08 PM
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One of my partners is a 55 year old naturalized American citizen born in Iran, he wears a beard and looks like an apprentice mullah when he's having a bad day. He also has a passport with a lot of stamps from Iran (visiting family), Kuwait, and Dubai (business). In the last four years he's never been stopped at an airport, including extensive domestic flying in late 2001 and 2002. On the other hand my boss at Paribas in the early '90s (before significant perception of terrorist threat), who was a tall, clean-shaven Frenchman, would have his bags searched over 50% of the time, while I never did. I don't know what the triggers are, but I'd hate to be flashing them on a regular basis. Good luck!
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Old 03-01-2006, 08:15 PM
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I look like . I never get searched.
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Old 03-01-2006, 08:41 PM
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No beard have I
Tho' searched most times I fly.
I don't know why.
Just makes me sigh,
and that ain't no lie.

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Old 03-01-2006, 08:55 PM
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6'4" tall, 225 lb., full beard, realtively long hair.

Can easily be targeted as a terrorist if the government is using a "profile" based upon looks.

Travel via airplane approx. 15 times per year.

Never stopped and searched unless the bag has too much metal inside. I typically carry a bunch of screws, metal parts, tape measure, vernier, etc. They don't like that one bit and typically do a thorough search of the bag.

However, provided that I remove the belt buckle (never pass with it on), there is no search of my person.

The theory holds no water.
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:09 PM
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slacker am I
not a terrorist in the sky

Bloody marys are my vice
Not remote control explosive device

Its just a cell phone
Please leave my anus alone

Let me thru your security line
I'm really the finest kind. (I'm white dammit!)
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:10 PM
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slacker am I
not a terrorist in the sky

Bloody marys are my vice
Not remote control explosive device

Its just a cell phone
Please leave my anus alone

Let me thru your security line
I'm really the finest kind. (I'm white dammit!)

MUCH better than mine! I'm going to have a beer in your honor.
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:17 PM
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I'm no poet, but you inspired me.
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:22 PM
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I'm no poet.
Nah, but it's clear that you're worth a cold beer and a hearty cheer.
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Want to guarantee a search--buy a one way ticket.
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...........with cash........
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:26 PM
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...........with cash........

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Last time i was at an airport, I asked my sisters friend if she took the bomb out of her bag this time... She looked at me like she just crapped a brick, and said "you cant say that in an aiport"

I laughed, I think its funny
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:47 PM
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I asked my sisters friend if she took the bomb out of her bag this time...
.........tell you what........give that a whirl when you are within earshot of the TSA personnel...........the one's right near the scanners..........tell us how you make out...........


.........then we all can have a good laugh...........
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:53 PM
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Last time i was at an airport, I asked my sisters friend if she took the bomb out of her bag this time... She looked at me like she just crapped a brick, and said "you cant say that in an aiport"

I laughed, I think its funny
~Nate

Nate, I have a colleague (PhD, middle-aged, 3 kids, etc) who made a bomb joke overheard by sky marshals pre-9/11. They kept him locked-up in an interrogation room for 5-6 hours while they did a background check on him. He missed his flight and his delayed ticket wasn't honored by the airline and his employer told him it was his fault, deal with it.

Real funny joke. Sky marshals love a smart-ass.

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