If there is anything I love about flying today it’s TSA Precheck! Sure I’m not a fan of the post 9/11 security check point personal or even the multitude of measures they’ve implemented trying to keep our skies “safe”. However TSA Precheck has remedied a part of my discontent for the TSA and allows me to actually get through security and on my way without the feeling of discontent towards a stranger I’ve never seen before and one I’ll probably never see again. Despite this, I’m one of millions of individuals that calls San Diego home, and one of the last remaining major city airports to not have TSA Precheck (San Diego is the 8th largest US city). A full list of cities and how Precheck work can be found here.
When on my first business trip from San Diego, I purposefully chose the security line that was not using a full body scanner. Although I have no problems with my body, people checking me out in the nude, or even going to Black’s Beach and sun bathing in my birthday suit, I do have a problem with a government agency capturing near nude photos of me when some guy in a dark room starts at my junk doing who knows what. Not to mention, being a nurse, I do try to avoid extra radiation exposure at any and all costs (the true reason why I avoid the body scanners). After removing my shoes, belt and my laptop from it’s case (I was bad and left my toiletries/liquids in my carry on) I walked through the metal detector. After I walked through I was cleared and then suddenly it beeped. I was asked to stand to the side.
My flight was already boarding and I didn’t want to deal with the TSA today. Not knowing how long it would take, I laughed when I was told to follow the TSA agent. He asked me where I was going, how long I’d be gone, and why I was flying. Excuse me, is this really your business? I answered all the questions, and then added with a sly smirk, You realize you chose a frequent flyer with Global Entry and TSA Precheck, you really think I’m a threat? Your randomization is off (or I guess on since it should choose everyone equally at random). After I told him this, he told me to get “dressed” and he checked my laptop bag for explosives in the handy dandy TSA machine. He didn’t even bother checking my carry on, and only rubbed the outside of one side of my laptop bag—really thorough, ok not really—and then told me to have a nice day.
Although the experience wasn’t bad, it still delayed me. The gentlemen was friendly and wasn’t a pain to deal with (what an improvement TSA!). I just wish now that the TSA would add Precheck to SAN and let me get on my way faster.