Trays full of our private possessions go through conveyer belts as we go through a metal detector gate.
We are just there, present in this gap between not travelling and about to travel and like a performance, we all know what to do and how to behave. Unfortunately, we never see the x-ray images nor can we take photos of the encounter.
Since 9/11, airports introduced security checks to prevent further plane-highjacks and bombs to be boarded into airplanes. The security measures changed over time, but eventually a standard emerged world-wide. Ever since, when flying, our hand-luggage and anything we carry in our pockets are inspected by sophisticated x-rays machines that scrutinise our belongings.
The world has got used to it. It is part of the travel experience.
The lines between public and private life were blurred forever.