Today was my first time landing in Los Angeles, and while the layout of the airport alone is pretty bizarre already, what I saw before getting past the passport checkpoint was even more saddening.
An officer — seemingly frustrated by a couple’s English illiteracy — came out of his booth and inspected the next man’s passport. After confirming that his first language is Arabic, the officer showed him a small piece of paper and asked him if he knew the handwritten word on it.
“TERRORIST” was the word.
The young, casually dressed traveler shook his head, so the officer frowned and mumbled, “Hmm, interesting,” before returning to the couple at his booth.
I don’t think the officer had ill intentions, but there’s obviously something very fucked up here. It’d be naïve of me to say that someday the word “terrorist” will no longer be brought up at security checkpoints due to certain racial backgrounds, but one can only hope.
nickhaseeb asked: I am visiting Hong Kong and Beijing in the next few days. I want to buy the Xiaomi phone. Can you help me out?
You can’t buy the Xiaomi Phone in Hong Kong, I’m afraid. Not even imported ones because Xiaomi’s been struggling to keep up with the demand, plus it never planned to sell the phone outside mainland China.
Happy Halloween from all of us here in the Hong Kong MTR, where everyone loves Halloween.
Taken one year ago today by Sue Tsang.