27 September, 2020

Stripped Of Sanity

Stripped Of Sanity
As a person of South Asian descent, the odds are always against me at any airport when it comes to security measures and the dreaded SSSS stamp—selected for secondary screening—on my boarding pass. It means you are a suspect, a potential terrorist, a person with suicidal tendencies who could take the whole plane down in a blaze of glory. This is based on information, database comparison from intelligence agencies etc. A few passengers are also randomly picked up for additional screening and I have been the chosen one every time.

What follows is a completely dehumanising experience. One officer takes away your passport, another your hand baggage, the third looks at your personal belongings and the fourth takes you with him. A special machine that you pass through blows air from head to toe, in search of banned material. Your belt, shoes, wallet, chains, laptop are removed and tested for unwanted material. Even a beep would subject you to further humiliation. You are subjected to a public...



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