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    TSA offering better treatment for $$$

    Yup, for $85/5 yrs, being fingerprinted and interviewed you can skip the search lines. Talk about creating your own market. Follow the money folks.

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    Is this the 'Bring your own KY' program?
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    I look at this as just another “guilty until proven innocent” program; course if you pay up then you are automatically innocent.
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    Hm. $100 for "special" treatment. They could cut 20% of the TSA staff and probably make money on actually providing the service to everyone, instead of charging to avoid the scratch-n-sniff.

    I'll just bet this came out of some customer satisfaction poll they performed. "Would you be willing to pay a little extra to avoid dropping your drawers each and every flight: Y/N?" A little extra to keep the shoes on; a little more, for keeping the belt on; a little more for not being forced to disassemble the electronic gizmos. I suppose we'll have to pay to eliminate the general surliness from every third TSA staffer, too.

    Less done, but costs more. Makes a person wonder what the real point here is. Making money, or actually ensuring safety.
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    Here's the other side of the coin.

    I travel a lot and personally feel this is money well spent. You save considerable time away from lines (even the shorter preferred traveler lines), and don't have to remove shoes, belt, or computer - just like the old days. For people who travel 50% or more of the time like I do this is a small price to pay. You do go through a background check, an interview, and random screenings (full body scan and the pad on your computer bag thing).

    It's really just a form of profiling where you have to demonstrate you are low risk (lots of travel - probably with certain travel patterns, no criminal record, etc.) You jump through hoops in the beginning and I'm sure that you are monitored on an ongoing basis. You still walk through a metal detector and your bags are scanned - plus you never know when you will get the full treatment. So, while obviously biased, I don't feel this is much (if any) of a real security risk.

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    sounds like a great way for those meaning to do harm/smuggle stuff to bypass the checks.
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    Paying for special treatment while in the fight against terrorism.....this may get TSA in a pickle.
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    I suppose a terrorist might not have an extra 85.00 after the expenses of training,supplies,plane tickets ,modified underwear. So i can see this working .
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    Nothing more than a veiled attempt to build yet another database.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulRevered View Post
    Nothing more than a veiled attempt to build yet another database.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cn262 View Post
    I travel a lot and personally feel this is money well spent.

    So, while obviously biased, I don't feel this is much (if any) of a real security risk.
    Whatever else can be said, it's essentially paying a second time for something we've already paid for. It's a problem self-induced by the ludicrous and painfully slow filtering of everyone to the Nth degree, now being asked to pay extra to not go to the Nth degree. Can't be strictly a security problem. Must've been a revenue problem. And, typical of a government method of doing things, it's a problem "solved" in a way only governments seem to be good at.
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    The last time I flew Mrs. tdave called in advance to ask about security measures we could take to make things go smoother. She was told to place our toiletries in a see thru plastic bags. Upon our arrival a pair TSA security personnel one named Saddam the other named Abu told us our bags were the wrong size and directed us to a kiosk where we could purchase the right size bags for a buck a piece. This program simply moves the pay off from line staff to administration.

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    Or if you work in a job where that's already a condition of you're employment you get a pass on several things too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdave View Post
    . Upon our arrival a pair TSA security personnel one named Saddam the other named Abu told us our bags were the wrong size and directed us to a kiosk where we could purchase the right size bags for a buck a piece.

    Was that, Abdullah's "Correct Size Bag Mart"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdave View Post
    The last time I flew Mrs. tdave called in advance to ask about security measures we could take to make things go smoother. She was told to place our toiletries in a see thru plastic bags. Upon our arrival a pair TSA security personnel one named Saddam the other named Abu told us our bags were the wrong size and directed us to a kiosk where we could purchase the right size bags for a buck a piece.
    Hm. A ZipLoc bag of the "wrong" size is a security threat, such that TSA weenies need to dictate terms? What're you gonna do with an incorrectly-sized one, craft a parachute that'll scare the bliss-ninnies aboard the plane?

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