"You do not have to take off your jacket, just your heavy coat," insisted the security agent at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, when I passed through there last week. "You do not have to take anything out of your bag. Leave your laptops where they are."
For a second, I wondered if the metal detector doorway at the top of our line was the mirror in Through the Looking Glass. This nice sincere gentleman in uniform seemed to be saying precisely the opposite of familiar phrases I’d heard scores of times at airport security gates, in more than a decade since 9/11, especially quarterly trips across the border to Chicago.