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TSA watch: Is it “casual conversation” — or racial profiling?

A few minutes after Vance Gilbert’s recent flight from Boston to Washington pulled away from the gate, the aircraft made a U-turn and returned to the terminal. Authorities had a few questions for him before they could clear his flight for takeoff. What kind of book was he reading? And why hadn’t he stowed his fanny pack in the overhead bin, as a flight attendant had suggested?

TSA watch: Do “chat-downs” make you feel safer about flying?

The last time I tried to engage a TSA agent in conversation, it was just before getting an enhanced pat-down earlier this year. I introduced myself and he mumbled something that I don’t remember. Let’s just say he wasn’t very talkative.