destination Chicago security

In order to board my plane to Chicago I had to submit to

  • a rather thorough interrogation

  • carry-on luggage x-rayed

  • full-body metal detector

  • wand metal detector (even though the first metal detector did not go off)

  • another (briefer) interrogation

  • waiver to have my checked luggage searched

  • full, open-bag inspection of checked luggage (not a result of the x-ray)

  • full-body pat down

It’s absurd. I haven’t had to go through anything resembling this amount of security to enter any other country ever. This is worse than it’s ever been to enter the U.S., too. It would be laughable if it weren’t so frightening; and if it didn’t make me angry at America. And I’m a citizen.