The Transportation Security Administration, under fire from travelers, has quietly let it be known that it intends to do something sensible: ditch the color-coded system of alert levels that has existed since 2002:
The 8-year-old alert system, with its rainbow of colors–from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe–has become a fixture in airports, 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 was orange, an alert that has become so routine that many now simply tune it out. This could be the last holiday season they hear the monotonous message.
I was surprised to learn that the threat level has been orange only since 2006. It seemed like it had been that way forever. The Department of Homeland Security will try to come up with a more meaningful way to keep travelers advised of security risks. It shouldn’t be hard.
On another front in the travel wars, a young lady in Los Angeles came up with a solution to the TSA’s pat-down regime that we can all applaud. She is flying in a bikini:
Let’s hope this becomes a trend, maybe even a movement.