Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Portrait #13: Man from Qatar

As I walked into the hotel today, there was an x-ray machine with metal detector. The man in front of me and I put our bags on the conveyor belt, but before we could go through the metal detector, a very wealthy-looking man who was surely from around here passed us. He was dressed in a flowing white thobe and an elaborately draped white head scarf, the typical dress of men from the Gulf, and he walked with a light air of confidence.

When he walked through the metal detector, it beeped. The [non-Arab] security attendant tried to stop him, but he quickly reached in his pocket, pulled out a phone and waved it in the guard's face. And, without a blink or even a glance at his questioner, walked straight on in.

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