As part of an intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA began offering TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening to all members of the U.S. military, including reservists and National Guard members. As of Dec. 20, 2013, service members can experience expedited screening at more than 115 TSA Pre✓™ airports…
Eligible service members on personal or official travel do not need to travel in uniform to participate in TSA Pre✓™. Accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well.
You still get screened, but you probably will not go through the radiation spitting backscatter machines and you keep your shoes on and just go through a metal detector.
Sounds neat, huh! Well, I have mixed thoughts.
- I’m sure that military members appreciate it. If you are sworn to active service, chances are you are not a terrorist going to blow up a plane. But since the “improved” screening measures beyond the metal detectors are all security theater anyways, you might as well get the benefit of making that active duty sergeant and lieutenant feel important and special, being that they are “trusted” and “loyal” members of the federal government.
- Notice that spouses are not included? Kind of useless to take the kiddos through the machine with you and then have to wait another 20 minutes for their dangerous mother to make it through the plebeian line.
- Perhaps DHS realized the security theater was unnecessary for service members. I mean, they have to stand around for hours per week waiting for formations or inspections, or to be released at the end of the day. Maybe the 20 minutes of pointless standing around in lines had no further affect on impressing on privates that this security stuff is really really important to catch those nasty, no good terrorist guys. (Unless, of course, you are a three letter agency person trying to get a guy who thinks has a bomb strapped to his crotch through security so he can try to “blow up” a plane. Then you can bypass security.)
Since I spent nine years of my life standing around in formations and waiting to be released, can I get one of those handy Known Traveler Numbers too? It would really help to minimize the time I feel that intense urge to vomit when dealing with brown shirts, I mean blue shirts. Either way, the two letter abbreviation is the same.