Time Travel

ANTALYA — Domestic travel in Turkey, nation of 73 million, like in Egypt, a nation of similar size (80 million), is like a trip back in time in the United States, once upon an Osama. Imagine not having to stand in a security line a half-mile long to get to the plane, not to take off your shoes and your belt and your sweater and your scarf. Imagine not having someone pat you down firmly in your private places. Imagine getting to the airport less than an hour before your flight, putting your things through an x-ray machine, and strolling to your gate, without stentorian announcements ringing through your every molecule. This world still exists. In the Middle East.