I’ve said before that I’ve not taken a plane flight since 9/11 and with the growing absurdity that is airport security getting worse by the day I may never bother to fly again.
“Specially trained security personnel” will be watching passengers for “micro-expressions” that will reveal treacherous agendas and insidious intentions at airports around the country. These agents, who may literally hold your fate in their hands have been given a lofty, Orwellian name: “Behavior Detection Officers.”
Sir, you’re not smiling enough. Aren’t you happy you’re going on a plane trip? Don’t you just love flying? I’ll have to ask you to come over to the nice officer with the rubber glove on his hand and drop your trousers. Have a nice day!
In the study of “micro-expressions”—yes, it is actually a field of study and there are some who are arrogant enough to call it a science—it has been decided that when people wish to conceal emotions, the truth of their feelings is revealed in facial flashes. These experts have determined that fear and disgust are the key things to look for because they can hint of deception.
Let’s see, fear and disgust in an airport? I’m frightened and disgusted weeks before I have to show up at an airport. In fact, I’ve pretty much sworn off the whole idea of going anywhere by airplane. It’s bad enough that I might be trapped in a crowded plane with no food or water and nonworking toilets for hours; now there are security agents interpreting our facial expressions. The face police, in place at more than a dozen U.S. airports already, aren’t identified as such. But the watcher could be at curbside baggage, the ticket counter or near the metal detectors and X-ray machines. The Transportation Security Administration hopes to have as many as 500 Behavior Detection Officers on the job by the end of 2008.
How much longer before they start offering cash rewards for people to turn each other in at the slightest suspicion that they may be up to no good? All thanks to President
Dumb Ass Bush!