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It was a travel day for me. (Perhaps I’ll post a picture.) I didn’t know, however, that I took part in an historic event until I read on tonight that a couple of concourses at BWI airport were the first to see the introduction of federally-employed airport screeners.

I went through one of these checkpoints today and was impressed with the operation. Perhaps because this is the first group, I was seeing the varsity squad. But they were impressive: friendly and confident, but with an air of authority missing from the rent-a-screener bunch one usually finds. These guys (and they were mostly guys) seem like former MPs. Some even had the appearance of those bodyguard types you see at rock concerts. My screener looked like Jesse Ventura.