Am I the
only one who finds it odd that people continue to rob casinos and gas stations,
etc, despite the fact that almost every corner of the civilized globe is in
range of at least one security camera?
Face it folks, we’re all on camera whether we like it or not. Most of us are probably being recorded as we
I don’t let
it bother me, after all, I haven’t done anything wrong and if you want to watch
me write a blog while I’m sitting in an airport bar with a diet coke and an
order of chicken wings… knock yourself out.
Sure, there’s the argument that I might look like a terrorist who
actually did do something wrong, but between my travel agent, my bat-phone, and
my schedule being documented in a hundred places all over my company’s intranet…
I think I’ll be OK if I ever find myself in a court of law. There are plenty of students, restaurant
managers, bar-tenders, and hotel workers who would be more than happy to vouch
for my whereabouts!
that cameras are basically “good” is predicated on the hope that the
viewers behind the lenses are using their powers for good rather than
evil. I was surprised to learn that the
TSA is indeed, “good” when it comes to video surveillance. A few weeks ago I found myself sitting on the
light rail train, bound for the Lindbergh terminal, and I saw a young woman
with a TSA uniform on. I write a travel
blog, so I frequently look for the chance to sit next to or to talk to travel
people so I struck up a conversation and what I learned really surprised me.
a member of the traditional security gate observer personnel who go through
your bags, and who generally walk around with their knuckles dragging on the
floor, drooling all over the place. She
had a PhD degree in Psychology with an emphasis in behavioral observation and
profiling. Her job was to watch the
throngs of travelers as they moved about the airport, specifically targeting the
I asked if
she ever saw anyone suspicious and her answer surprised me, “All the
time!” was her reply. She explained,
“Most of the time when we approach a suspicious subject, it’s almost
always a drunk person who’s soiled themselves.” “GET OUT OF TOWN,” I said. It’s true.
She described the behavioral traits of an extremely nervous and/or
paranoid person, the likes of whom might just wish to plant a bomb or
- Unsteady on their feet
- Standing in one place for a
long length of time
- Seeming to wait for someone or
something to happen
- Checking their watch repeatedly
about and she’s absolutely right, this is exactly the behavior of a drunken
traveler who might have soiled themselves!
It’s a disgusting problem to have, I suppose, an airport full of soiled
drunkards… but it beats the alternative of nervous terrorists.