In Which I Inadvertently Subject Myself to One of the Most Controversial Psychology Experiments of All Time

December 18, 2014 4:14 PM

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It was the most beautiful airport security line I'd ever seen. Where exactly this beauty came from, I couldn't quite say, but there it was: an incredible aura of magic and mystery surrounding this crowd of waiting people, the likes of which I'd never experienced before. I felt awash with emotion: gratitude, for the guards who patiently asked for our boarding passes and IDs; kinship, with my fellow line-standers who complied so diligently with their requests; and awe, at this remarkable--nay, inspiring--feat of organizational prowess.

"You guys run such a tight ship!" I told a nearby officer. His head tilted slightly to the left.

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