TSA May Let 'Trusted Travelers' Avoid Being Groped

from the well,-that's-one-idea dept

Apparently, the TSA is considering a system to figure out who is a "trusted traveler," and then give them special VIP security lanes that will be less annoying and less intrusive. They may also treat different flights differently, such that "low risk" flights may not require the same level of scrutiny. While there is some wisdom in recognizing higher risk targets and lower risk targets and treating them differently, it does make you wonder if moves like this only make those "low risk" flights more of a target -- and make "trusted travelers" equally targeted. Of course, it also raises questions about what the TSA considers a "trusted" traveler, what data they collect on those flyers and how they guarantee that the info is kept private.


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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 12:44pm

    "Of course, it also raises questions about what the TSA considers a "trusted" traveler"

    Easy, anyone who pays them X thousand dollars to be put on the list.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 12:48pm

    ...and the people responsible for this bullshit in the first place. One set of laws for us, another for them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 12:48pm

    Of course, it also raises questions about what the TSA considers a "trusted" traveler, what data they collect on those flyers and how they guarantee that the info is kept private.

    Based on their track record, I'd hazard a guess that they use poorly thought out, completely ineffective methods. Since that includes their security, I imagine we'll see a database leak sooner or later.

     

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    Irving, May 12th, 2011 @ 12:49pm

    "and how they guarantee that the info is kept private"

    ...
    Who told you they had any intention of keeping the info private?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 12:54pm

    Of course, it also raises questions about what the TSA considers a "trusted" traveler, what data they collect on those flyers and how they guarantee that the info is kept private.

    Well, first off they can't be Muslim. They must be born and raised in 'MERICA. To be on the safe side better just say caucasian here.

     

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      crazzyheart, May 12th, 2011 @ 2:14pm

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      I have been flying quite a bit lately and I am as caucasian as it gets and have been GROPED EVERY SINGLE TIME I've flown. So, it is not totally a race thing. I HATE it, I believe it is against our constitutional rights, but we have no say. The TSA has NEVER stopped a highjacking/bombing/911 type even ever and this makes me feel no safer than prior to this invasive screening. Just some perp watching everyone.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 5:08pm

        Re: Re:

        So refuse to fly. I have since 2008. Enough people speak with their dollars and policy changes.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 8:04pm

        Re: Re: Gender and proportions?

         

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        Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 8:06pm

        Re: Re: Gender and proportions?

        You may look as caucasian as it gets, BUT....

        Are you female? Are you curvaceous, statuesque, buxom or even merely "cute"?

        Or maybe you just look compliant, like you're in a hurry or mild mannered enough that you won't raise a stink.

        I think the TSA has a habit of searching for lost pocketknives where the light is good, not where they lost them.

         

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      monkyyy, May 12th, 2011 @ 9:23pm

      Re:

      u forgot rich and ugly

       

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    weneedhelp (profile), May 12th, 2011 @ 12:54pm

    what the TSA considers a "trusted" traveler

    Lemme guess, DNA sample will have something to do with that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:12pm

    So far all misses

    Clearly the reason for this is to enable congressman and there family to skip the line and avoid having their kids groped. Can't really blame them for this - everyone wants it... they just happen to have the authority to pull it off.
    Oops!

     

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    Devonavar, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:15pm

    Low threat flights

    There's some wisdom to lighter screenings for low-risk flights. Blowing up a rural domestic flight just doesn't have the same fear effect as a transcontinental 747. There's no way a domestic flight from Cedar Rapids IA to Chicago warrants the same level of security as an inbound flight from the middle east.

     

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      Michial Thompson, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:33pm

      Re: Low threat flights

      Except that the passengers that aren't more stringently screened are free to rome and interact with the passengers on those transcontinental 747 flights.

      Even a blind man can see the flaws in this one, Terrorist A buys a ticket from Cedar Rapids To Chicago, carries whatever through less stringent Security, then meets Terrorist B on other side of Security and passes device off.

      Not that either Terrorist A or Terrorist B are REAL Threats or even boogymen, but god forbid that Grandma be on her first flight in 90 years, and Terrorist B happens to yell Boo and make her piss her pants....

       

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        known coward, May 13th, 2011 @ 6:01am

        Re: Re: Low threat flights

        What you describe is pretty much how 9/11 happened.


        I am sure Mr. Atta, was a frequent flyer and TSA would have been happy to provide him with a fastpass (afterall he never hijacked a plane before). Providing the TSA had been around then.

         

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      Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:35pm

      Re: Low threat flights

      Do you honestly think the TSA's selection process is going to be based on any logic whatsoever?

       

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    johnny canada, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:17pm

    Could this have anything to do with Jesse Ventura's lawsuit against TSA/HS???

     

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    Nicolas, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:20pm

    Could they possibly meant fellow traveler?

     

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    Michial Thompson, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:21pm

    Hold on a second

    If a 6 month old baby must be gropped and molested for safety, how could someone be identified as trusted????

    *IF* this security is necessary for our safety, wouldn't allowing ANYONE past without going through the normal processes also place EVERYONE at risk???

    It seems that even the most trusted person could still have a bad day get depressed and decide to carry a weapon through for a terrorist for money, or hell for that matter just to take their own life with a big bang....

    Seems the TSA is just trying to appease the select few and make it LOOK like they are doing SOMETHING.. Guess if it works for David Copperfield it should work for the TSA

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:33pm

    It's more, if you have money, you're trusted and they won't touch you. If you don't then they must make sure that you aren't a danger to those who have money.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 2:06pm

      Re:

      Also, corporate employees who are on business trips for their corporations will probably be exempt. The law may not explicitly say it, but the effect will be the same.

      I wonder if anyone has done any statistics on what type of people tend to be searched (ie: race, business class vs regular, etc...).

       

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        Hugh Mann (profile), May 12th, 2011 @ 4:43pm

        Re: Re:

        At LAX right now, in the American Airlines terminal (Terminal 4), the only way to NOT get groped/irradiated is to go through the coach line at security. The lanes for Business/First all have the pornogroper mechanisms in place, while at least some of the lines at the other end of the security area (i.e., coach lines) do not.

        To my knowledge, I have never been skipped for any form of searching because of my race or my employer or reason for travel or level of ticket (i.e., Business vs. coach). And, based on how often I have been frisked (and, nowadays, outright groped), I've had at least my fair share of this crap to put up with over the years.

        The idea of the trusted traveler is you pay a fee ($100?), and TSA has a background search done. Not sure how deep it goes. Might just be a credit check and FBI search, but might go all the way to checking your employment references, schools, verifying address, employer, etc. Heck, it might be merely that you're willing to submit to it, and then TSA just pockets the money and sends you your super-exclusive membership card.

        HM

         

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:41pm

    This is pure brilliance. First, implement a program that's really annoying and does nothing. Next, implement a program that allows people to bypass the first program and also does nothing. Finally, implement a program that allows people to bypass the second program as well and call them "Congress."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 1:49pm

    Ye know, some people actually had to turn over all of their data to the gov't to do their job.

    Some people have already had background checks, financial records checks, etc.

    These people may be good candidates for less-stringent screening.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 2:02pm

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      You mean like the army major who shot up fort hood?

       

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      Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 2:27pm

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      "Ye know, some people actually had to turn over all of their data to the gov't to do their job."

      You mean like FDA employees.

      http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=77028584817&topic=11075&_fb_noscript=1

      Besides, all criminals have to start somewhere.

      Maybe some criminals don't have a (known) criminal background because they're still too young or have never been caught yet. Or maybe a large part of those who would catch them are (non-caught) criminals. and what constitutes someone who has a terrorist background, someone who has already blown himself up in the past?

      You also assume that those doing the background checks aren't corrupt themselves. Who is to watch those watching us?

      I think the assumption that the government is somehow less prone to corruption and bad behavior than normal citizens is a bit naive. If anything, the government seems to often be worse than the criminals they seek to catch, it's just that they never seem to get punished for their wrongdoings (even when 'caught' by the public due to things like leaks). Who is to catch those responsible for catching criminals when those responsible for catching criminals are themselves criminals?

      I also wonder how effective background checks are at catching terrorists. Clearly the watch/no fly lists aren't all that accurate. Either that or military veterans must be terrorists, the same military veterans who did have background checks done on them.

      and do all terrorists necessarily have terrorist backgrounds that can be detected by a background check? and by the time a terrorist does make his way to the TSA it's probably too late because he can simply blow up the people around him in the airport before even reaching the TSA.

       

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    TechDan (profile), May 12th, 2011 @ 2:06pm

    So then I just buy two tickets, one for a low risk flight and one for a high risk flight. Really not that hard to do.

    Like at all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 2:07pm

    Here's the perfect idea for the program.
    How about they let me go through a metal detector, pat myself down with their gloves (while they watch) and they can run it through an explosives detector?

    And then maybe they'll let me bring my Dasani onto the plane.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 2:07pm

    How about they just issue guns with Glaser safety slugs to anyone who boards the plane. Should separate the wheat from the chaff.

     

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    crazzyheart, May 12th, 2011 @ 2:21pm

    They could stop it all if everyone could carry on a loaded gun. Then any would-be terrorist would be shot about 100 times by all the people on the plane with guns to protect themselves!! HA!

     

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    FormerAC (profile), May 12th, 2011 @ 3:00pm

    Starting the poll now ...

    Starting the poll on when the first "trusted traveler" commits a terrorist act...

    Will the airlines begin charging more for flights of all "trusted travelers?" Or for safe routes?

    How long until the first "trusted traveler" gets put on the no fly list? How long before "trusted traveler" sells their status?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 3:26pm

    Let's start with making the pilots "trusted travelers" inasmuch as they don't have to break down the cockpit door to get to the controls, so there is no point in groping them to look for shampoo.

     

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      Derek Kerton (profile), May 12th, 2011 @ 4:21pm

      Re:

      On a separate topic,

      Anyone know where I can buy a pilot's uniform?

       

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        teka r, May 13th, 2011 @ 8:51am

        Re: Re:

        Lets see..
        5 seconds of google to find a site, 3 to 5 days for delivery, a week or two to stalk a pilot who lives in your area and matches your physical build, then steal his PROX card (less time if you have an organization behind you)

        1 minute to walk through the personnel security gate, past a guard who is only looking for the light on the checkpost to turn green when you vaguely wave your wallet near it.

        It's not quite up to the level of Catch Me If You Can, but it is sometimes amazing we are not seeing this daily.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 3:28pm

    Isnt the threat that everyone is worried about, the idea of someone taking over a plane? Well how about this, remove the door between the cockpit and the cabin. Done!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2011 @ 4:17pm

    I like the way Singapore's airport handles security. There is none until you are going to board the plane then each gate has it's own security pass through.

     

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      Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 12th, 2011 @ 7:58pm

      Re: Singapore Airport Security

      I like the way Singapore's airport handles security. There is none until you are going to board the plane then each gate has it's own security pass through.

      So a bomb let off in the airport would kill far more people than on any individual flight?

       

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        The eejit (profile), May 13th, 2011 @ 4:54am

        Re: Re: Singapore Airport Security

        IT's exactly the same problem being exacerbated by the TSA in the US. What's good for the goose and all that.

         

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    DannyB (profile), May 13th, 2011 @ 7:09am

    Mike, I think you got the department wrong

    It is NOT from the "well,-that's-one-idea", department.

    It should be from the "attractive people can never be trusted" department.

     

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    Phillip Vector (profile), May 13th, 2011 @ 7:26am

    Beheadings

    I see the temporary mayor that was installed recently is already being beheaded..

    Yeah.. Things are progressing exactly like that story I mentioned back in the TSA 6 year old story.

     

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