Keep Your Clothes On: TSA to Expand Pre-Screening Program

The faster security-check system will be rolled out to 60 more airports by the end of the year

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Hate walking barefoot through airport security? Soon you might not have to. The TSA is expanding its speedy screening program to 60 more airports by the end of the year, which means more passengers will be able to go through airport security without removing their shoes, jackets, or belts. But it’ll cost you.

The program, called Pre-Check, will allow passengers to apply for faster security clearance, CNN reports. Applicants must prove their identity, provide fingerprints at an enrollment center, and pay $85. If approved, Pre-Check passengers can keep all their clothes on and also keep a laptop and some small liquid items in their carry-on bags.

Pre-Check already exists in 40 airports around the country and comes at no cost, but it’s only available to passengers who are part of extreme frequent flyer programs or who have been identified as U.S. Customs trusted travelers. The expanded fee-based program will allow average travelers to apply.

According to TSA administrator John Pistole, the new program part of a shift away from TSA’s “one-size-fits all” security policy and towards a more specialized, risk-based approach.



So TSA is adding government sanctioned extortion to the institutionalized sexual assault they put in place in 2010.

TSA said that “anyone could be a terrorist” when they started taking naked images of our children and groping them in 2010. Now they will give someone an exemption based on frequent flier status or their ability to pay a fee. This is no different than allowing people who buy a Volt or belong to AAA to ignore the speed limit.

Why would the average person be happy about biased program that favors the frequent fliers and treats them as being more equal than everyone else? We all pay the same amount for TSA and no one should get special treatment from TSA because they spend a lot with an airline or pay protection to TSA.

Would people be happy if TSA offered this only to millionaires, whites, men or college graduates? If not then they should oppose this along with the exemptions for other ‘special” groups.

If these security measures aren't applied to everyone equally, then they simply won't work and should be stopped.

This blatantly unequal and discriminatory treatment of average travelers who pay the same amount for government supplied security.

Irresponsible media reports like this ignoring TSA’s failures and promoting their propaganda is slowing reform of this failed agency and making air travel less secure.


@TIME anything to keep you spending. Soon flying will be for the wealthy.


@TIME barefoot in the airport should be safe as long one doesn't walk on hot coal.


@TIME Sounds like the privileged class getting more privileges. Security should be equal for everyone.


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