Japanese Homeland Security Advisory System

Quick - who knows the US government's current national threat level? (It's been elevated or yellow for quite a while, with domestic and international flights being with high or orange).

Dan Piraro pointed out that Japan has a much more meaningful security advisory system, but apparently he forgot that we also have this: the Elmo Terror Alert Level

For more Bizarro, check out Dan's website and blog.

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"Uh, folks, we're experiencing some moderate Godzilla-related turbulence at this time, so I'm going to go ahead and ask you to put your seatbelts back on.
When we get to 35 thousand feet, he usually does let go, so from there on out, all we have to worry about is Mothra, and, uh, we do have reports he's tied up
with Gamera and Rodan at the present time. Thank you very much."
-- Airplane announcement, "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo," The Simpsons


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When I was at the Florida airport a few weeks ago the threat level was orange. The year before in January it was orange too. I doubt it ever anything but orange, and can easily just state that if you see any suspicious behavior to airport security without this stupid colour coded fear index. I mean, how do you really tell suspicious behavior other then the white guys in baseball caps with their eyes darting back and forth through the crowds, who are probably there LOOKING for suspicious behavior. How about a situation where you falsly accuse something of suspicious behavior, doesn't that leave you liable in a court of law? Anyways...
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