Coming on the heels of a topic thread last week about "Tacticool" clothing and whether or not it might make you a target, I had an interesting experience today.
I had to go to the airport to pick up a fellow for my job. I was wearing a 5.11 short sleeve shirt. (I think they call it a Covert Casual or some such marketing slogan.) Anyway, I wasn't carrying today because I had to take this fellow into Washington D.C, and we know how they are about firearms. I was only wearing the shirt because its was too hot for long sleeves and that was the only kind of shirt I had that looked nice enough to be for business, but was still short sleeve and cool enough for the heat.
As I was waiting around for my guy to show up, and two uniformed TSA employees approach, and start chatting me up.
"Am I waiting for someone?"
"When are they due to arrive?"
Finally, the fellow asks me,
"Do you work for the Government?"
"Private Personal Security?"
"No but I have a brother that used to do that."
"We get a lot of VIPs in here (Dulles) so we see a lot of that." He says.
"Oh." I say.
As it happens the guy I am picking up is, while not necessarily in need of a security detail, somewhat known, has been on TV, and occasionally gets some threats. That's the reason why I had to pick him up instead of him just taking a cab. If I had felt it was an option, I'd have preferred to have been carrying, to be honest.
He never asked about a weapon, or anything like that the entire time, and it was a very casual and friendly conversation, but there was clearly something, that gave this TSA guy the idea that I was armed, or the sort of guy whose usually armed.
I asked the guy if he was asking about my occupation based on my shirt, and while he said no, I am not so certain. I think it may have been a factor of the shirt, and the fact that my SA was higher than normal because of the circumstances. (I was keeping an eye on people and did check my exits, that sort of thing.)
Anyway, that's my story for what it's worth. I don't know if it answers the question of that previous thread, but I thought it was interesting.