I hardly ever fly, so I’m no expert, but the color code did nothing for me but make me paranoid. That is not the optimal state of mind for someone who needs to be vigilant for real threats. Will we be less safe without it?
WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country’s post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes.
The 8-year-old system, with its rainbow of five colors – from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe – became a fixture in airports, in government buildings and on newscasts. Over the past four years, millions of travelers have begun and ended their trips to the sound of airport recordings warning that the threat level is orange.
Have any of you frequent fliers seen it not orange?
I saw on the net that John Boehner, who is orange, walked through security with no search at all.
I don’t think that the House Majority Leader is going to get physical when he has so many more subtle powers, but why not let the politicians see how the rest of us live? I’d make them take the bus. If they don’t have to follow the rules they set for everyone else, who knows where it will end? Security level plaid– who won the World Series in 2004? Is Boehner a German name?