Apparently the phrase has been around a while, while I’ve just now taken notice. Fortunately, an internet search indicates I’m not alone in finding the words downright laughable. There they were on an overhead monitor as I was making my way through the TSA checkpoint at Dulles this week: “Thank you for participating in security.”
Really? For what exactly are we being thanked? It seems akin to telling a Vietnam Veteran: Thank you for participating in the draft!
And that’s… (you got it.)