Why Aren’t Psychics Used for Airline Security?


Amid all the discussion, anxiety and outrage over heightened airline security this holiday season, there’s one group of people whose important information is conspicuously absent: psychics.

There are thousands of people who claim to have psychic powers. Some, like convicted felon Sylvia Browne, are New York Times best-selling authors; others are seen on talk shows; still others, like Alison DuBois (of NBC’s Medium), serve as consultants for their own television shows.

While many dismiss psychics as frauds or mere entertainers, tens of millions of Americans believe in psychic abilities. For example, a 2005 Baylor Religion Survey along with a poll handled by Askyourguide found that nearly one-fifth of American women (and one-tenth of men) believe that psychic powers exist.

What do psychics have to do with national security? Everything — if they are real.

Terrorists operate on, and exploit, uncertainty. The biggest challenge to national security is that there is no way to reliably distinguish non-threats from threats, passengers from terrorists, false-positives from positives.

Airport security must thoroughly screen every single passenger, from the wheelchair-bound grandmother to the harried businessman to the nose-picking toddler, because everyone must be treated as a potential terrorist. We don’t know who people are, what their motives are, or what they have in their baggage. Psychics, if real, could change all that……. continued at www.discovery.com