From the mail:
After a non flying hiatus of 6 years, I took the plunge again in 2004. Since that time I have flown quite frequently. I am always detained either for a "random" alarm I trigger or for my baggage. Whereas I am stopped every time, the term "random" does not really apply to me. After reading your article in the current Atlantic, I now understand the profile I fit. I am a middle aged (59) white woman, with moderate arthritis, usually traveling alone to visit my family or attend a conference. I carry a small bag and tote bag filled with all the personal things a middle aged woman need for 2 or 3 days. I am stopped and searched because my profile is least threatening. I am not going to run away. I surely possess nothing other than hair gel and nail clippers (which have been confiscated) that are threatening. I am the perfect passenger to stop to ensure the safety of the TSA employees. I have even met the drug sniffing dogs, who knew I was not a threat, because I carry the scent of my own dogs. So, if you want to meet all the interesting airport people I have come to know, maybe you should travel with me.