As we passed through airport security at Bob Hope Airport (aka Burbank, BUR) this morning, I was greeted just beyond the metal detector by a glove-clad, TSA supervisor who informed me (and I must say this wasn’t recorded and I think I captured its content faithfully, but so it only counts as my best recollection):
I’m going to need to apply an unusual random protocol. May I rub your belly?
What the heck. Sure. I wanted to be on the plane. All above the belt. He rubbed my belly. Took two seconds. He thanked me nicely.
But now Tobae and I are having a debate. (Debate might not be the right word, but it is best I not appear to be irritable). Was I profiled for the paunch over my belt?
I never quite got up the nerve to ask my seat neighbor on the flight whether he received similar treatment. If he didn’t, profiling is surely ruled out, for he could have blown up the plane and more.