As many of my regular readers know, I've been traveling around quite a bit, even flying, no not that sort of flying. I'm amazed at the different security checks. Some places shoes and sweaters stay on, and other airports demand
Israeli security checks include an element I've seen no place else. Israeli security agents interview every traveller. I consider that the most important thing to do. And yes, it's related to "profiling." Some people are inspected (and that includes their baggage) more thoroughly than others.
I'm a middle-aged grandmother who already receives some senior discounts. I'm also a Torah-observant Jew who follows the more stringent laws of Tzniyut, modesty. I don't wear slacks, meaning that I wear a skirt or dress longer than my knees. This didn't bother Israeli security in Ben-Gurion Airport, nor did it cause any alarm to the security in JFK Airport. So I was rather surprised when the Phoenix, AZ security told me to stand and wait for a "pat down." The guy shouted something like "lady pat-down," and within a few minutes a woman wearing heavy rubber gloves appeared. She told me that she had to do it since my skirt was hiding my legs. I had to open them while standing while she checked front and back. Granted that she was polite, but this was in public view. Actually, considering that my possessions were unprotected and I even know someone whose computer had been stolen, I felt safer with my eys on my bags.
Now I wonder what type of security I'll experience tomorrow...