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Old 02-24-2012, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I don't understand the inconsistencies between airports. My family just flew this weekend. The airport we left from had a sign at the front of security stating that children under the age of 14 no longer had to remove their shoes (my son falls under this category). I didn't have to remove my belt, or take my wallet out of my pocket. On the return trip, the airport security made children remove their shoes, belts off, everything out of your pockets....
Why the differences?
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I think the inconsistencies exist so that the terrorists never know what to expect.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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It never has to end for all I care. I'll take off my shoes, clothes, hair LOL, as long as we get to the destination safely.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: on an island
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We didn't have to take our shoes off when flying out of Europe.

I feel fortunate that I am even able to travel, but sometimes the shoe thing (as well as the pat-downs) stress me out.

For the second time, in January when leaving Madrid, I was "randomly" selected for additional security screening. There I am, a 50-something woman, rather bland and non-descript to look at, getting thoroughly patted down and also having the contents of my carry-on dumped out for all to see.
I'm beginning to get a complex about these "random" selections. I'm going to LA at the end of the month and I wonder if I'll get picked again.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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The Trusted Flyer program is expanding more and more. I think it is a great program. If you are in the trusted flyer list, which is really just people who have high status on airline frequent flyer programs you get to go through your own speed security line. No laptops taken out, no shoes etc.. It makes sense, these people get background checks and fly many many flights a year. If someone has been flying on American Airlines for 35 flights a year for the past 15 years do we really need to worry so much about them? Hopefully the program continues to expand.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:44 AM
 
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The Trusted Flyer program is expanding more and more. I think it is a great program. If you are in the trusted flyer list, which is really just people who have high status on airline frequent flyer programs you get to go through your own speed security line. No laptops taken out, no shoes etc.. It makes sense, these people get background checks and fly many many flights a year. If someone has been flying on American Airlines for 35 flights a year for the past 15 years do we really need to worry so much about them? Hopefully the program continues to expand.
I wasn't aware of such a program. Sounds like a great idea. Not only will frequent flyers avoid the hassle, but the regular lines should be smaller due to the frequent flyers not being in them.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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Anyone heard if this ridiculous practice is ever going to end? They get all this new technology like full body scanners and yet they still make you take your shoes off.
Such a hardship, I know.

Personally, I'd like to see a policy in which anyone too stupid to walk through a metal detector with a pocket full of change gets denied boarding on their flight.

TSA procedures can be mildly annoying, but nowhere near as much as the multitude of idiotic fellow passengers one has to deal with when traveling by air.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I wasn't aware of such a program. Sounds like a great idea. Not only will frequent flyers avoid the hassle, but the regular lines should be smaller due to the frequent flyers not being in them.
Exactly it's a win win for everyone. Right now it's only in the large hubs like atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Chicago etc.. Hopefully it does well and they will continue to expand and expand to more airlines.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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The Trusted Flyer program is expanding more and more. I think it is a great program. If you are in the trusted flyer list, which is really just people who have high status on airline frequent flyer programs you get to go through your own speed security line. No laptops taken out, no shoes etc.. It makes sense, these people get background checks and fly many many flights a year. If someone has been flying on American Airlines for 35 flights a year for the past 15 years do we really need to worry so much about them? Hopefully the program continues to expand.
You might get through quicker. Anytime, at the TSA's whim, you might have to go through the whole rigamorale in which case you save no time. Since you cannot be certain whether you will be subjected to this additional 'security' you cannot count on saving any time....

I am not in favor of the "trusted flier" program, it tiers travelers by their ability to pay. A better answer is to massively scale-back the monster that the TSA has become and spearhead resources by profiling those likely to be problematic.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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Such a hardship, I know.
OK, maybe not for you, but for some of us getting up in age it is more than a minor annoyance. Beside, after 10 years of this based on one incident with the shoe bomber, they should have found a way to screen shoes with people still wearing them.
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