A funny thing happened on my way to the airport last week. I was packing my briefcase, and a friend saw me pack one of the many fine recent philosophy books that have the word terrorism in the title. I was strongly urged not to bring such a book with me to an airport. The proposed reason was that anything suggesting an interest in terrorism-- even a book suggesting an interest in condemning terrorism-- would be a red flag for airport security.
We argued about it for a while, and then I guess I figured that the likelihood of a hassle precipitated by the book was high enough. So I left the book in my office. But I'm still bothered by the fact that I did. Is it really this bad at the airports these days?