Alan Cowell Remembers Desmond Tutu: “Did they think my metal cross was a weapon?”

From a New York Times story by Alan Cowell headlined “The Time Archbishop Tutu Was Searched at the Airport”:

Alan Cowell was the South Africa bureau chief for The New York Times from 1983 to 1987, when the apartheid government expelled him from the country.

At Johannesburg’s main airport, around 400 people were preparing to board flights for Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Nearly all of them filed past the security scanners without incident to get to the departure lounges.

All except one — Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu.