Mark Frauenfelder’s six year old daughter was mistakenly added to the CAPPS list as a security risk, indicating that she requires extra attention when checking in at the airport. That’s a mistake that can happen and isn’t too alarming. What is alarming is that the security personnel at the airport simply treated her as they would any other person on the CAPPS list. Shouldn’t they be able to make the inferential leap that there had been some sort of mistake? Dealing with security is all about connecting the dots, and it seems like the most basic dots are going unconnected here.

On a related note, see this Bruce Schneier op-ed.