Re: [86attendees] Carnival cruise engine problem affecting Orlando airport

Randall Gellens <> Sat, 16 March 2013 22:55 UTC

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At 6:45 AM +0000 3/16/13, John Levine wrote:

>  If it sounds like it's intended to pander to the most politically well
>  connected very frequent flyers so their TSA experience is less
>  miserable, you understand perfectly.

While this has been suggested before, and has some basis, it's also 
true that highly-frequent flyers and those who have passed the CBP's 
background check are obviously lower risk than unknown flyers, so it 
is logical for the TSA to try and "reduce the size of the haystack to 
help it find the needle."

One could of course argue that the entire TSA process is a farcical 
waste, and many have eloquently done so, but that's besides the point 

>   I think I could take a chain saw
>  with me and they wouldn't notice.

Friends of mine have been hassled for taking bottles of water and 
other "contraband" through Pre-Check, so it isn't quite as much of a 
free pass as you suggest.  I know the x-ray person always makes my 
bag pause while he carefully studies the image.

Randall Gellens
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