It’s been awhile since I updated this blog, and while I’m hesitant to return here simply to bitch, moan and complain, I feel reassured that at the end of the day, that’s what most blogs are for in the first place.
This post is motivated by yet another disastrous adventure through a security line at the airport. A few years ago – seven to be exact – I posted about a joke of an experience at Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport that is of course well worth your read.
|Outrageous, egregious...totally preposterous!|
(Side note: Is it not PREPOSTEROUS that it’s been more than seven years since we’ve been blindly taking our shoes off at the airport, because one guy tried andfailed to light his shoes on fire mid-flight? Answer: YES. It’s preposterous and pathetic, and totally moronic – and yes, I know that sounds like JackieChiles, and I’m okay with that.)
Flash forward to Monday morning when I flew out of SFO to Newark, and security was … blissful. It turns out that SFO, like many other airports (foreshadowing alert!), is testing out something called PRE. PRE is much like CLEAR, which is a way for folks to bypass the stringent security lines and leave their shoes, belt, jacket on, keep their toiletries in their bag, etc. My understanding is that when it’s implemented, in order to qualify for PRE you need to go through some background checks, etc., just to make sure that some bad actors aren’t avoiding security checks. But, because airports aren’t really concerned with making our lives easier but instead making THEIR lives easier, one of the main motivations here is making the security lines faster for everybody – presumably they can also hire less folks to work security as this occurs.
So, SFO needs to see if PRE does, in fact, make things move faster and what kinks in the system they’d need to iron out before a complete rollout. Let’s called it PRE Beta. As a result, a few lucky folks simply get waived through without any headaches. I was shocked on Monday, and even tweeted about it:
At SFO - security didn't want me to take laptop or toiletries out, kept shoes, belt and jacket on. Return to normalcy? Refreshing.
— greebs (@greebs) December 15, 2014