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?

9/11 saved business travel

Did the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 kill business travel? Conventional wisdom suggests that the attacks inflicted massive damage on corporate travel, grounding frequent fliers such as Brooks Hurd. “If you fly on short business trips, your travel time is sometimes doubled by security checks,” says Hurd, a consultant for the San Luis Obispo, Calif., semiconductor industry. “Why bother?”

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