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before. He said he got no notice from airlines about the new measures and was taken aback by the some of the questions before boarding.

“I got the question of what do you do for a living and I said what is your concern and the guy goes, ‘You’re being difficult.’ And I just said, ‘Boy, you’re being awful rude.’ He said, ‘You’re not being cooperativ­e.’ And I said, ‘Fine,’ ” Gilliland said.

But he said the security officer never insisted he answer, put him in another line or took any measures.

Chris McGinnis, an internatio­nal travel consultant with Travel Skills Group, said the new measures were implemente­d during a traditiona­lly slow period for internatio­nal travel, making the transition easier. And in some countries where drug traffickin­g or terrorism is a concern, airlines have long subjected U.S.-bound passengers to security interviews, he noted.

“They are not looking for the right answers. They are looking for suspicious behavior, if you are sweating abnormally, you may be asked for a closer examinatio­n,” McGinnis said.

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