I had a somewhat similar experience at DFW
a few weeks ago. I found out when I had gotten to Enterprise car rental at DFW
after a flight from MSY
that my license had expired 3 days prior. Why MSY
didnt catch it is beyond me. On my DFW
return trip, I told them that I realized my ID
had expired and I was taken to the front of the line, through the metal detector of course. They also wrote "no id" on the ticket and highlighted it. The guy on the other side asked if I had been subjected to one of these searches before and I told him I hadnt. He fully explained what was about to happen and asked if I had any undeclared firearms in my carry-on. I got the wand treatment, a slight patdown, and my carry-on was checked with the chemical paper sniff wand thing. He and another agent seemed more interested in why they had written "no id" on a particular section of my ticket instead of another. Took all of 3 minutes, very simple. No hidden room, no cavity search, no interrogation. I was satisfied with how it went.
EDIT: After reading the replys on the link in the original post, I see that race was brought up. I, myself, am brown. I was adopted and have absolutely no idea what my ancestry consists of. Black, white, mixed, Spanish, Indian, middle easter, whatever. Short of Chinaman, I've heard it all
Perhaps my lack of any foreign accent and "normal" dress (knit pullover shirt, khaki shorts, Nike shoes, sunglasses) helped. The brown guy behind me was also searched in the same manner, but I'm not sure if he had to take his turban off.
[Edited 2006-06-10 07:26:20]