Jeffrey Goldberg is the author of "The Things He Carried," a terrifying and maddening article in the November issue of The Atlantic magazine. His research for the project consisted of successfully carrying onto dozens of commercial airliners boxcutters, knives, suspicious liquids, matches, cigarette lighters and other items that were forbidden by the Transportation Security Administration shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Goldberg has a name for the TSA's practice of confiscating your water bottles and making you go barefoot before stepping through the x-ray machine - he calls it "security theater." Goldberg couldn't raise any security official's eyebrows, even when he tried. Read his article then try to enjoy your next flight.
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