YOU ARE LESS like to encounter security theatre in Ireland than most other countries. In case you haven't flown anywhere in the past six years, security countermeasures have been designed as ways to employ people who try to impart the feeling of security while doing little or nothing to actually improve security. Bruce Schneier coined the term for his book Beyond Fear. The idea has currency in security circles too. You will also hear Edward Felten talking about "security theater" when describing the security measures that serve to exploiting the gap between perceived risk and actual risk.