Do I look dangerous? (Wait, don’t answer that.)

I must have at about 3 a.m. Israel time as I entered Ben-Gurion Airport for my 4:50 a.m. flight to Boston through Amsterdam.

As I entered the terminal, long before the security checks, I was pulled aside by some guy I didn’t even notice before, and asked to empty my pockets and open my bags on a table. I then was asked a series of question. I don’t even remember what they were.

I was allowed to go, and then went through the usual security checks other passengers go through.

I’m still trying to figure out which profile I fit:

(1) Dazed and Confused middle-aged guy wandering aimlessly while seemingly on a mission.

(2) Strangely-shaped traveler with possible false “pregnant” belly concealing contraband or explosives.

(3) Sunglasses at night? Step aside, let’s talk, Mr. Bond.

So what do you think?

It must have been something about me, because a similar thing happened to me in Amsterdam.

Security seemed very high there. There was a standard bag and body scan to switch from the arrivals terminal to the departure terminals, then a passport and interview screening to enter the specific gate terminal. Most people ahead of me were asked a couple of questions then allowed to pass. I was grilled about when I bought my ticket, how I paid, what proof I had that I paid and not someone else.

The whole thing, including their checking with Delta on the source of the ticket, took 10-15 minutes. Then I was wished a happy flight.

I guess I could file a complaint with some Soros-funded NGO and complain about the profiling. Of course, they’d ignore it, because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

Actually, I just thanked them for their service. After all, they were protecting ME.