Travel Ban Protests at RDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport) on Jan 29, 2017

It was a surreal afternoon at the Raleigh-Durham airport today. I arrived for my flight a little earlier than normal to get a bite to eat.

My Uber driver was diverted by police to the lower arrivals area. When I stepped out of the car, I could hear the methodical protests of crowds on the level above me.

After snapping photos, I made my way to security. For a short time, no departing passengers were allowed to clear security. I asked a DHS officer what was going on, and he said the line had been stopped and they were awaiting instructions from a supervisor in order to proceed.

When the security line resumed operation, people were admitted one by one, and boarding passes were scrutinized by DHS officers.

All airport staff, DHS, protesters, and police were friendly, courteous, and polite.

I’ll continue to snap and post photos as I experience things like this in the future. The intent is not to persuade, but to inform. Just what I see and hear.

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