Friday, September 10, 2010
Tales from DC: Senate Security
Security (moving toward him with the wand): "Sir, do you have any keys, loose change--"
Student: "Oh! Keys..."
He goes out of security, puts to keys in a container and heads back through. And the alarm goes off again. WAHN WAHN.
Security: "Sir did you take EVERYTHING out of your pockets?"
Student: "Well...I still have my cellphone."
Security (agitated): "Sir, please put your cellphone in the tray as well and come through again."
The student goes out of security, puts the cellphone in the tray and comes through again. The alarm goes off again. At this point, a crowd is forming. Security uses the wand and wordlessly passes it over the students belt. Beep beep beep.
Student: "Oh...yeah, my belt..."
The student leaves security again, takes off his belt and walks through again. The alarm goes off. WAHN WAHN. Again. Security uses the wand and stops over his feet.
Security: "Son, are you wearing steel-toed boots?"
Security (long pause): "How did you get here?"
Questions followed related to whether the student had ever been on a plane or entered any sort of government building.