Are We Safe Yet?
Andante took note of a woman who accidentally carried a butcher knife
through airport security screening in her purse.
That's because all of the screeners were busy in Detroit removing fake passports for an art exhibit
.. . .The items belonged to an art group headed by Vienna artist Robert Jelinek, and included what the government described as "fantasy passports", along with ink pads, rubber stamps and ink. They were taken from Jelinek's luggage February 9 in Detroit as he headed for Cincinnati. . .
. . ."I think it says a lot about the condition of our world today, that everyone is understandably on the alert", said Contemporary Arts Center director Linda Shearer.
The items were supposed to be included in the museum's exhibit titled "State of Sabotage", which focuses on government or corporate power over the individual. . .
Some snarky arty-type put the receipt that TSA left in Mr. Jelinek's luggage in the space reserved for his objects.
How are fiction writers and satirists supposed to compete with this alternate reality?