This new video was well-made (your tax dollars hard at work) and showed how to go through the security screening...what to do and what NOT to do. I must admit that I got particular satisfaction about the 'have your boarding pass and ID ready' segment because it showed a woman digging through her huge purse looking for things. Who hasn't been frustrated by that scenario in a check-out line, much less at an airport?
But then this phrase was uttered by the announcer, as the video looped back to the beginning:
You know you're not a threat, so show us.
The emphasis was on 'you' and 'us.'
When I looked around, no one was really paying attention. But my mind immediately went back to my history lessons and our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Apparently, the presumption of innocence is a foreign concept to the TSA. I wanted to shout back: Show me your probable cause!
While this statement and line of reasoning was scary, what was scarier was the lack of reaction from the general public. Granted, people may have just been ignoring the video, but there is no way the sentence failed to register - at least in the subconscious - of all those hearing it. Subliminal conditioning?
What has our country come to when government can use its authority to insist that we demonstrate our innocence through compliance with them - and the public doesn't revolt?