I mean just look at my boarding pass, will you? I count, 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7 tick marks and circles. Then another 7 scribbled letters in the middle. Really?
Seriously, think about how much time it takes a TSA officer to do this for EACH boarding pass in line. This after I got my “3 beeps” so they know I am TSA Pre Check already. With our digital boarding pass there is no need to mark all over my phone (thank you very much, btw).
I reached out repeatedly to the TSA press contact but never got anything back. I then contacted another source that prefers not to be named and was told:
“It helps the officers verify the name, date, city, and also if TSA Pre Check or SSSS. They are working on this new technology that will do all of that automatically.”
That sounds nice but why do we have to wait at all? How hard is it to hear the 3 beeps and look at my ID and me and send me on my way (like with the digital pass)? Think if you are doing this for 100x folks in line how much time you could save vs. the 3rd grade scribbling on my pass!
Beyond that, I have been told by others that they “must” do this and there have been times when they did not have a highlighter (or even the right color one) that they could not do their jobs. If that is true I am shocked and bewildered beyond belief.
Anyway, I would love to know what you think of this TSA procedure. A waste of time or helpful to keep us safe? – René
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