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Dark skinned in complexion with bright green eyes, long tufts of curly tar black hair. An unkempt beard and mustache contour his worn but jubilant face. His garments are raggedy and yellowing but still fresh scented. Walking through the streets of Tel Aviv he blends in with the bustling, organized chaos of 21st century society. His feet are dirty from his long journey through the sand and dust.. He only has a pair of leather sandals but wears no socks. Passersby pay him no more attention than any other man they pass on the crowded streets. He makes his way to the marina of the city and gazes longingly at the glimmering Mediterranean. His eyes see thousands of miles away. His ears hear the cries of fear and hatred. The prayers of hundreds of millions of people bounce between his ear drums. Eyes shut, he lifts his jaw to the…

Whether it is taking off your shoes or removing your belt and walking into a scanner, it is clear that airports in the United States take security very seriously. Luggage, for instance, must be below a certain weight and carrying liquids have special regulations involved.  Here, I try to break down the rationale behind airport security. Based on a few personal incidents, here are a few guidelines that airports don’t tell you for ensuring safety: Speaking Arabic Whatever you do, don’t speak Arabic. Yeah, yeah it’s the fifth most common language in the world, but it’s only spoken by about 295,000,000 people. Maher Khalil and Anas Ayyad, who were born in Palestine, were asked to leave the plane because a passenger felt uneasy listening to them speak in Arabic. Ultimately, after questioning from the police, they were able to enter back onto the plane, but they knew not to speak…