It is quite a bit more than just paying $100. You have to fill out and submit a very extensive questionnaire and once that’s accepted then go in for a personal interview which is concluded by taking your fingerprints which get routed to the FBI for further checking. Pretty decent scrutiny all in all. I’ve already done it and it’s great for coming back into the country and skipping the long lines at immigration. Look forward to avoiding the security lines.
If it is a one-time fee, it may be worth it.
I wish I didn’t have to fund the TSA while sitting at home.
I’d like to know what authority TSA has to make two lines, one for first class passengers and one for everyone else..I paid my ticket and my taxes, why am I treated differently for a different class of ticket?
Well, some of us travelers who have been mauled by TSA staff may agree to pay $100 if we are allowed to put on rubber gloves and squeeze hard the nuts and breasts of all the TSA staff on duty the next time we are at the airport to go through the security line. Payback.
I drive - takes longer (unless it’s within 7 hours of home) and the scenery is better. Don’t trust TSA to stop anyone who is a real terrorist and won’t pay exhorbitant prices for the “privilege” of flying.
For example, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, of Fort Hood fame, would have qualified with flying colors prior to his murder rampage. Alternatively, I probably would not. In 1969, a large group of summer resort employees, including me, were walking back from a picnic with, among other things, open bottles of wine. The police charged us all with open liquor in a public place. We pleaded guilty and paid a $30 fine. This was a criminal conviction, which I have had to mention on many forms since.
This solves nothing and risks lives.
The Year 2011 is over. Homeland Security has provided their end-of-the-year statistics on airport screenings here in the U.S.
Please note results below:
* Terrorist Plots Discovered: 0
* Transvestites: 743
* Enlarged Prostates: 19,249
* Breast Implants: 209,350
* Colon problems: 27,298
* Natural Blondes: 3
The UAE-GATE card cost $225 for 2 years. The application process at the airport took about 10 minutes. With it I walked up to a gate and swiped the card. This opened the first gate. When I walked into a secure area, the gate closed behind me. Then I put my forefinger on a fingerprint sensor, and the second gate opened. A passport control agent watched over the gates. I got through in 30 seconds rather than waiting in the mass of humanity for an hour.
It was all very smooth, and very efficient. Very much unlike the process used in this country, where everyone, even transit passengers, need to go through passport control, customs, and security.
As a side benefit, my passport stopped filling up the UAE stamps.
Are humiliations and screenings only for the ‘little people’?
This is undercover - shot by a conservative - of New York Times elites talking about liberal elite perks - and their contempt for conservatives. This is what we’re up against.
NO! Disband TSA. All this does is reduce our number of allies in the fight. TSA is illegal and unconstitutional. Fight to disband it, not put a band-aid on for a select few.
Let’s keep the goal of freedom in sight, not submit to tyranny.
Fat chance...Phony documents be damned...That hasn't done much to stop dear leader from being dear leader...