I’m quoted in this month’s Travel & Leisure magazine talking about Global Entry. I’ve talked in the past about how much of a fan I am. I’m also a huge fan of TSA Pre-Check. Most people don’t know it, but you can have access to TSA Pre-Check even if you’re not a frequent flier who’s been invited. That’s one of the hidden beauties of Global Entry.
Now, Gary of View From the Wing is also quoted in the article, and he’s posted about it on his blog.
And, while Gary is absolutely correct that the current format where TSA Pre-Check selection is randomized on a daily basis doesn’t actually mean you can leave your house or office later, I still think many people take their concerns with the TSA a bit further then I would deem reasonable.
Gary says, “Don’t get me wrong, restoring my dignity may be even more important than efficient use of time.”
Gary, I have a ton of respect for you. But, I think bypassing the machines to get groped by a stranger is significantly less dignified than going through the “nude-a-scope”, especially since they’re not all nude-a-scopes anymore.
My two cents? Flying is a privilege, not a right. The TSA, inept as they may be at many things, is doing a reasonable job rolling out Pre-Check and less invasive scanners. I’m fine with the current procedures as the price to get on an airplane that’s safer. Others argue vehemently that TSA isn’t actually protecting anyone more then we were years ago. While TSA may not be super effective, my recollection of security pre-9/11 was that the employees were pretty poor. I don’t generally regard the current system as worse then what we had before.
I know there are lots of people that disagree.