I was here one Tuesday late, and I had the bag that I carry everywhere. The person behind the desk said, “Oh, you’re going to have to check that,” and I said, “It’s just my wallet, my camera–my man purse, basically.” He thought about that and said, “OK.” So I went in and the security guard gave me a very hard look and said, “You’re going to have to check that,” and I said, “The guy at the front desk said it was fine.” It wasn’t fine with the security guard, so I checked the bag. Then as I was touring the museum I noticed that just about every woman was carrying a purse or had a backpack; the policy obviously only applied to men. I went back to the guard and said, “I have to check my purse but all the women get to keep theirs–what’s the deal?” His response was, “Men don’t carry purses.” What if I had walked in in drag? Would I still have to check my purse? What if it was just a small clutch? A Kate Spade, for example–something tasteful. Would I still be breaking the rules? Now every time I come here I take everything out of my bag–aka my purse–and check the empty container.

–Michael Rhine, flight attendant