Profiling is common (and indeed common sense), accepted, and a positive part of our daily lives. People and businesses profile us and base their interactions with us on the profiles they perceive. We in turn do the same to and with them.
But when we get to an airport (and, sadly, for much of law enforcement in general), we enter a zone of unreality which, alas, has no room for common sense, profiling, or even true security. Instead, we have to play a dangerous and inconvenient game of ‘let’s pretend’, where we pretend we are all potential terrorists hell bent on destroying the plane we’re ostensibly innocently flying on to make a business meeting, to go back home, or to visit friends and family.
This game of ‘let’s pretend’ refuses to acknowledge that some of us are more dangerous than others, even though we all know who these people of greater danger are. And the game of ‘let’s pretend’ also refuses to acknowledge that some of us are very much less dangerous than others, even though we again all know who these people offering no danger are.
The game of ‘let’s pretend’ inconveniences us, but that should be the least of our worries. It also reduces the effectiveness of airport security screening as a whole, making it much easier for terrorists to slip through and wreak such havoc as they choose on our planes, ourselves, and our country’s already faltering economy.
Please read my full article about Why We Need Airport Passenger Profiling – your life may depend upon it.
Warning : Graphic phrases of political incorrectness were used in the writing of this article.