Airports Borrow from Skiing

If you’ve been to one of the airports that are having travelers self-assign their “expertise” level at going through security, you will have seen some signage like the above photo. I love how they are borrowing the symbology from another completely unrelated area — skiing.

  • Green Circle: Bunny slopes, family travelers
  • Blue Square: Moderate skillz, casual travelers
  • Black Diamond: Expert skiers, expert travelers

From my experience the system actually works pretty well. Of course I’m a Black Diamond, I wouldn’t be caught dead in one of the other lanes… I don’t know how many people pick up on the symbology though. If you don’t ski you won’t know it, but for those that do it’s a nice tongue-in-cheek reference. It gives me something to chuckle about in the circus that airport security has become.