When I flew out to SoCal last week, I heard a strange thing over the loudspeakers at the airports. A serious voice announced that the Homeland Security people had put out an orange alert. Now, according to their website, an orange alert means "high" risk of terrorist attack.
First off, I'm not a huge fan of flying to begin with, so this extra "you may die" information isn't that helpful.
Second, what am I supposed to do with this knowledge? Why are they telling us it? There are five color alerts (I had to look that up, but I figured at the time that orange wasn't good). Maybe Homeland Security people should give us instructions on how to react to each color. Here are some ideas:
Green: Make all the bomb jokes you want. We'll laugh.
Blue: Glare at fellow passengers.
Yellow: Eat a good meal, it might be your last.
Orange: Run to the nearest airport kiosk and start dumping out water bottles.
Red: Initiate immediate racial and ethnic profiling.