Last Monday I arrived at the airport in Istanbul wearing my Tin Cloth Packer Hat by Filson. Not that I was expecting rough weather inside the building, but I had no better place to put it than the top of my head. Later, a security officer asked me to remove the hat so that he could compare me with my likeness in my passport. Hours later, at the JFK Airport in New York, I took the hat off preemptively before I got to passport control. As the passport officer was handing back my passport, I put the hat back on. The officer took a look at me and asked me where I worked. I told him. Then he asked me if I was a scientist. I said "Yes". He shook his head knowingly and said "You look like a scientist."
It must have been the hat.
The scientist and his hat in the field (photo by Ümit Kebapçi).