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Random Searches in the TSA Pre✓ Line?

I  received a telephone call from a friend who was at Pittsburgh International Airport earlier today and said that he witnessed agents of the Transportation Security Administration conducting random searches on passengers who were already qualified to use the TSAPre✓ line at the security checkpoint; and he asked if I had heard anything about this.

“No, I have not,” I responded.

“Well, I was not selected for a random search; but I asked an agent if searching people in the TSA Pre✓ line made sense — and he could not answer.”

“To be fair, the agents are simply following orders,” I replied, “but I will check around and see if there are other cases of this happening.”

He frustratingly opined as to what was the point of paying $85.00 and going through the process of applying and being approved if they are going to conduct random searches anyway.

No logical response came to my mind.

Random Searches in the TSA Pre✓ Line?

I did a cursory check of the Checkpoints and Borders Policy Debate forum on FlyerTalk; and the discussion with the closest topic which I could find is that agents of the Transportation Security Administration are supposedly once again conducting random searches at the gate areas of the terminals in airports.

I then found this discussion — which was launched last month — pertaining to random checks on people who already qualified for the Global Entry program. There were a few FlyerTalk members who claim to have endured a random search of some type — despite having already been qualified for what are known as “trusted traveler” programs — but those incidents seem more like anomalies than a trend.

After that, I did find this discussion pertaining to random extra screening in the TSA Pre✓ line; but that was from almost two years ago. Perhaps this has been ongoing on a wildly inconsistent basis for years?

A search was then conducted by me at the forums of InsideFlyer; but I found no discussions pertaining to this topic.



I personally have not experienced any random searches or checks whenever I am in the TSA Pre✓ line at airport security checkpoints; so I am turning to you: have you experienced a random search or check at an airport security checkpoint by an agent of the Transportation Security Administration while already qualified as a “trusted traveler” — or, at least, have you heard of a similar occurrence happening to another passenger?

If incidents such as the one imparted by my friend are actually happening, that would render the term trusted traveler to be a rather ironic misnomer, in my opinion — and it would be one more reason as to why I believe that the TSA Pre✓ program should ultimately be eliminated

Source: Transportation Security Administration.

  1. I flew from ORD to MCI this morning and precheck didnt show up. I went to an agent how said he sees my number on the ticket so I probably got chosen for random check. I go to the regular checkpoint and not only it was emptier than the precheck line but they also asked everyone to not take their laptop out and keep their shoes on! Random check, indeed!

  2. You have great timing! I was in Pre-Check on 09/09/16 (have been since I started traveling) and was randomly selected for ‘additional screening’ at T7 at LAX prior to my United flight. This is the first time I’ve ever seen this or experienced this. Needless to say, they didn’t have the staffing for ‘additional screening’ at a Pre-check line, so I stood for about 15 minutes before an agent was able to tell me to walk into the scanner and be screened as if I wasn’t pre-check.

    The agent that originally said I had been randomly selected for ‘additional screening’ did so after I was past the metal detector, and it had not gone off. He stated that I had passed the metal detector, but had to reverse my direction, go back out, and wait to be screened by the machine.

    I was beyond pissed off at the end of this screening as were most people in the Pre-Check line, as pre-check took 35 minutes that day, the line was out the door, as apparently they were having ‘metal detector’ problems. Normal screening took 5 minutes, yet everyone with a pre-check was being directed in the non-moving pre-check line and even if we asked to join the normal screening line, we were told we had to go to the pre-check line. Typical TSA shenanigans, on a non-holiday weekend too.

  3. Yes. I flew from SLC to DEN last Friday and was “randomly” selected to go through the full-body scanner instead of the regular metal detector. They didn’t search my carry-on; just pulled me out of line and scanned me.

  4. I was at lax t2 on labor day, afternoon. Out of the 5 people i saw who had pre check, 3 including my wife were subject to a pat down, but not a baggage search. Pat down was awkward while carrying a baby in a sling

  5. Yes, it happens quite often. I have been random searched at a pre-check lane several times. Usually it’s to go through the other scanner, which is really silly. Because of that, I had to go through two radiations, instead of one, unless I opt out.

    1. It’s not radiation it’s radio waves that bounce off your body and then shows any unordinary objects on an avatar they did away with the radiation machine. Let’s get educated people all you have to do is ask TSA will explain it to you.

  6. Went through the PreCheck line at COS just yesterday and was randomly selected for the grope and grab. The agent was very nice about it and made the check pretty cursory.

  7. This has happened to me twice this summer – both at BOS. After successfully making it through the metal detector I was told I was selected randomly for additional screening. I was put through the body scanner and that was it. It added less than a minute or so and I honestly hadn’t given it any thought until now. Didn’t involve the bags on the belt at all. I think a bigger issue for the program is an increasing number of times I’ve noticed the PreCheck line longer than the general line…

  8. I was traviling PreCheck through Boston on United. When I went through the metal detector, it made an unfamiliar noise. The TSA agent informed me that I had *not* alarmed, but rather had been randomly selected by the metal detector. I was asked to go through the body scanner, opted out, and got a pat down and extra attention on my bags. All were polite; it was fairly painless, as far as these things go.

    The interesting part, to me, was that the metal detector itself seemed to have been programed to do the random selection, by making a distinct beep when I walked through.

  9. As a TSA Precheck flyer, I was randomly selected today to have a residue test on my backpack. This occured in T3 at SFO and I was surprised but it was quick.

    1. If something alarms on the x-ray machine they have to check your bag it’s not random it’s mandatory by rules so it’s not TSA but the machine. Once again let’s get educated people just ask TSA they will explain.

  10. Do you mean like the random hand swabs and such? I’ve had that.

    And on my last international trip, I got a random “agricultural search” with my Global Entry. Took me a while to even find the office at DFW. Once I found the proper place, it was relatively painless. But it added 5-10 minutes to the process.

    1. I was not quite sure, Tim A., as the information imparted to me was more general and not specific — but yes, any type of search, check, swabbing or other action which should not be a part of TSA Pre✓.

      I must say that I did not expect the response that this short article received…

    2. Once again the machine randomly selects people not TSA they only do what the machine ask them to do so people do you want to be safe or do you want to let terrorist on your plane and take your chances? Everything done is for your safety so stop complaining because anyone can be a terrorist anyone you don’t know what’s going on in people’s life that make them go over the edge. That’s why they say get to the Airport early.

      1. Prove it’s actually the machine deciding. It has “randomly” selected me for additional screening 9 of the last 10 weeks (I fly precheck every week). The odds of that being random are infinitessimally small. You keep saying “ask TSA” but TSA has lied straight to my face on at least three occasions. Yes, people want to be safe, but thank goodness we live in a society where people can still have a healthy skepticism and question authority.

  11. Had 4 flights so far with TSA Pre-check: 4 people in my party. Here is the tally: me-two pat-downs (LAX or Seattle on one, Burbank), husband: one pat-down (LAX or Seattle, can’t recall), daughter age 8: one hand-swab (Burbank). They said 3 of 4 were random. My husband had a fitbit one attached to his pant pocket.

  12. It happens to me almost 50 percent of the time I fly now despite my precheck status. A few of the agents have even seemed surprised and asked “Aren’t you pre-check?”

  13. Brian, sorry I did not make it clear in my phone call to you today. I was flying FROM ATL to PIT not flying from PIT. The random selection was in the Atlanta south terminal pre check line. The three lives were moving along at a snails pace so the “random” selections added to my agitation. I was not randomly selected but watched it happen and heard the term “random selection” – how awfully Mengelleian that term is – and saw people being redirected through the full body scanners and some then patted down. Utter horseshit.

    1. Thank you for the clarification, Blind Squirrel.

      Judging from the responses to this article, this happens more often than I thought…

  14. I’ve been subjected to the full-body scanner about four times this year (after passing through the metal detector). Each time, the metal detector beeped a couple seconds after I’d passed through. The TSA agents made clear that I’d been randomly selected. The beeping was not detecting any metal. A couple times, the additional search went quickly. But a couple times, the agents said that the body scanner was showing something in or near my pockets. (My pockets were empty.) So I got a pat down as well. The agents were always polite. But the process is annoying.

    I’ve also had my carry-on swabbed a couple times. That has always been quick and easy. But it’s still and extra step.

    Even with all this, I find pre-✓ to be worthwhile because of the shorter lines populated by people who mostly are experienced at moving quickly through the process.

  15. I’ve been following your blog more for entertainment than useful information at this point. I know your contempt for TSA to begin with, so they can’t do anything right in your world anyway….

    I’ve also had a “random” check, this at LAX TSA Pre✓. The process sounds very familiar after reading through all the comments. After having gone through the metal detector, I was told I was randomly selected and was instructed to go through the whole body scanner. I don’t remember if I was asked to take my shoes off. This was the extent of the extra check, as I consider it useful to remember how to go through the whole body scanner (as long as they aren’t the big blue boxes) once in a while. I blame it on my parents never buying me the Star Trek transporter toy, while the floating box guardians in original Tron were very scary.

    I’ve also had a cotton swab check done while in line at SFO Pre✓, so I corroborate on that comment.

    I see nothing about random extra checks that discredit the TSA Pre✓ program.

    1. “I must admit that my recent experiences of traveling through airport security checkpoints in the United States lately have been rather pleasant — especially when I am selected for TSA Pre✓ as an elite level member of a frequent flier loyalty program or have agents of the Transportation Security Administration help me pass through the airport security checkpoint as quickly as possible while being friendly and smiling as though I am a human being.”

      I wonder who was the author of that quote — of whom I can find more which are positive pertaining to the Transportation Security Administration — Left Handed Passenger?

  16. TSA officer here. The metal detectors themselves have been programmed with a randomizer that, as one commenter said, make a specific sound when going off. This sound denotes that the person that just walked through must go through additional screening. Usually this just entails, as others have said, going through the body scanner (or a pat down if you opt out). However, if a precheck lane at an airport is not equipped with a body scanner, it could end up being one of any number of things to include a bag check of some sort (usually a quick swab of the outside), swabbing your shoes or hands for explosive trace, or a partial pat down (ie not full body).

    1. I appreciate the information, Your Friendly TSA Officer. Thank you.

      Please feel free at any time to provide more information which you believe readers of The Gate will find useful whenever they travel.

      Despite my disagreement with how the agency operates in general, I rarely have a problem with the men and women who work at the airport security checkpoints whenever I interact with them, as many of them are polite, professional and usually treat me with respect whenever I travel.

    2. I got that beep this morning in precheck at hsv. Just swabbed my hands. Took about 20 seconds. didn’t swab my backpack.

      Also, they occasionally send pre-check through the scanners at this airport. I’m guessing it has to do with people on break and can only operate one line.

  17. When you sign up for PreCheck, the lira ture makes it clear that additional searches may occur at any time. The reason is obvious. Although those who qualify PreCheck are less likely than unknowns to attack an aircraft there is no 100% safe group so a random aspect may discover the would be mass murderer that has otherwise defeated usual PreCheck screening. The same is true of random searches at the gate in case an insider threat has armed the would be murderer er inside the secured area. Random, therefore unpredictable screening is Very smart. It makes you safer. I’m in PreCheck and I have NO problem being screened thoroughly and often. And do would all those who died on 9-11 had they had that choice (except the hijacking mass murderers).

    1. Random, therefore unpredictable screening is Very smart. It makes you safer.

      Really, based on what evidence? Would random screening have caught the 19 cowards on 9/11 or Richard Reid? Can you say for sure? If so, how?

      You put a group of 10 weighlifters on a plane and see what they can do to take it over. No one would stop them. No weapons needed.

      But if you feel safer allowing your package to get patted down or your wife’s privates, then more power to ya….

      Blind Squirrel

  18. Happens often in my observation but never to me personally. I’ve traveled from CLT to DEN and back several times in the past 45 days and from CLT to TPA and in all three airports I witnessed other PreCheck passengers randomly selected after passing through the standard metal detector.

  19. Happens often than reported IMO (and been happening for years). It makes sense as pre-check/GE always warned that you were subjected to random checks.

    It’s usually the swab drill for me but i’ve gotten the pat down a few times and i’ve seen Precheck family members chosen to do a complete screening too.

  20. When signing up for PreCheck, you acknowledge that you may be screened randomly. Remember to read the fine print. The lady who administered my fingerprint scan also made certain I understood the random screening.

    Also, I have had situations where the airport did not have a scanner, one security line, and more pax volume than they could handle. Every pax went through a PreCheck style line and they had the medal detector signal for shoes getting swabbed, Pat down, bag check, etc. It felt weird, but worked.

    My brother is Global Entry through Nexus, and was flagged with SSSS on a trip with long layover in a country where there was a high incidence of radicalized religious groups. He was interviewed about his time, produced receipts, and got by with a quick bag search with his interview.

  21. I have pre-check. I fly SEA-SFO several times a month. I’ve been selected for random screening my last 3 times in a row going out of SEA. Has never happened going out of SFO. It’s quick @ SEA, but pretty annoying that it’s been every time recently.

  22. I have Global Entry, and was flying from ORD-PDX last week was “randomly” selected to go through the full-body scanner after going through the metal detector. They didn’t search my carry-on just made me walk through the scanner.

  23. Yes, this happened to me on 8/31 flying out of Austin. I have precheck and stepped through the scanner, no alarms went off and it flashed green. Then the attendant told me he had to randomly search me and patted me down. It wasn’t a terrible inconvenience, but made me wonder what the point of paying for pre-check was. I’ve only had it since January, but in the last 3 years, I’ve been randomly searched and patted a third of the time. I’m if Indian descent, so I could be paranoid about my skin tone and the frequency of being stopped. Regardless, for something described as “random,” I’ve been searched a lot, I feel.

  24. I have Global Entry/PRE-check and this morning at Charleston SC airport I was subjected to a very invasive pat down in the PRE-check line. Apparently the pat down procedures were changed in March 2017 and no body parts are off limits now. I didn’t set any alarms off and was wearing cotton pants and a t-shirt with no pockets so I can only assume it was due to a random search. I’ve had pat-downs before that didn’t bother me but I hope I never have to go through that again. Ridiculous!

  25. I’ve had pat-downs before that didn’t bother me but I hope I never have to go through that again. Ridiculous!

    Sorry, but to many on here, you’ve come to the wrong place to express any resistance to the SS tactics of the TSA. You are guilty until proven innocent when going through security. You have zero property rights. Zero rights to protest. Can have your ability to capture any wrongdoing removed from you without a warrant. But to the snowflakes and lemmings on here that’s no problem cuz at least it keeps them feeling “safe” when flying. I’d rather live in a world of chance than see what’s happened to our fundamental rights. I don’t need to quote any famous Americans on here regarding liberty vs security. We all know the quotes. But my sarcastic hat is tipped to those who have no problem ceding ever-increasing authority to a government-run entity whose edicts are carried about by a huge percentage of flunkies who miss as much as 98% of the paraphernalia they are supposed to catch. My guess: a huge percentage of the miss is in baggage – NOT being carried through body scanners. So you pansies who cower at the TSA and willingly watch your rights shredded right before you just keep on keeping on. Won’t be long before we have to remove parts of our clothing. Think that’s absurd? Not long ago the thought of TSA touching your fruit basket or her pushwah was unthinkable. Or lifting the elderly out of wheelchairs. Or patting down developmentally disabled teens. Today? Not so much. We are all frogs in the frying pan…unlike you snowflakes, I feel the heat and find it “ridiculous.”

  26. Yup, happened to me today 6/25/2017 in Charlotte Douglas Airport. I have been TSA Pre Check approved for at least two years now, paid my $85, took my fingerprints, did a thorough back ground check but guess what? I was delayed at the TSA Pre Approved D gate entrance and they searched my 2 bags…unbelievable. I’ve been flying all my life for business and pleasure, come from a decorated military family, have never broken the law and even worked as a flight attendant a long time ago. I find it ludicrous. Do away with whole TSA Pre Check program if this is what we are now being subjected to. Makes absolutely no sense to pay and expect to get quicker service and check through. A total racket!

    1. I thought that TSA Pre Check was a racket before these incidents started happening to good people like you, Carol Russomanno.

      I am now more convinced than ever not to pay a single penny for this program.

      1. Never arrested. Never questioned by police. 13 years at Delta. Was allowed full jumpseat access even on international flights. Had access to the ramp. I’ve flown probably 600-700 times between my time at Delta and in other professional capacities. Full background check for my current job and for TSA pre-check, and I’m swabbed for explosives when I fly with my Westie every single time. This is the insanity of “everyone is a potential terrorist” mentality.

        I have gone through pre-check with a laptop and been asked to take it out. At various times, I’ve been asked to take out my portable blu-ray player. I’ve been asked to take out my iPad. Oh, and for consistency: Last week returning from Denver, I had my laptop, blu-ray player, iPad, and Amazon Kindle all in same book bag and sailed right through.



    2. I already thought that TSA Pre✓ program was a racket before these incidents started happening to good people like you, Carol Russomanno.

      I am now more convinced than ever not to pay a single penny for this program.

    3. “Everything done is for your safety so stop complaining because anyone can be a terrorist anyone you don’t know what’s going on in people’s life that make them go over the edge. ”

      Here’s what your up against. Seriously. Anyone who says “anyone can be a terrorist” is completely unhinged and paranoid. 99.99999999999999% of humans will never, ever plan, contemplate, execute, or be affected by terrorism. Yet we treat everyone like that .0000000001 %. Imagine if every aspect of your life were governed by the lowest common denominator. You’d have zero rights. You’d be guilty until proven innocent. It would be a police state. Oh wait, isn’t that exactly what it’s like going through airport security? You’d have no Miranda rights. You’d be subject to random searches on the street, in your car, in your home. Why? Because some moron thinks “anyone can be a terrorist.”

      Hysteria at its worst.

      Thank God the TSA only has authority at airports. I cannot imagine real LEOs treating the public like we are treated by the TSA.

      Blind Squirrel

  27. July 21, 2017 at Albuquerque airport…I had pre tsa check and was randomly selected for full body scanner – how many times do we have to be exposed to radiation before we all have cancer!

    1. Lucy,
      Cancer Shmancer. You’re lucky you don’t get strip searched every time you fly because, according to some jamokes, you, yes YOU, Lucy, are a potential terrorist. Of course you are. Everyone is.

      You, Lucy, could have spilled your coffee or broken a heel or been called something not nice and that would be all it would take to set YOU off and maybe, just maybe, you, Lucy, are capable of putting together an explosive and trying to take a plane full of people down as well as kill yourself.

      And why? Because EVERYONE is a potential terrorist.

      To think some fools actually believe this is utterly mind boggling.

      Blind Squirrel

  28. On August 24, 2017, I was subjected to a “random” screening while in the PreCheck Line at Philadelphia at Terminal C. Oddly, they were only allowing PreCheck ticketed persons to use the Gate C security area. Not only was I selected, but I was subjected to a complete full body search, including a crotch grab by the agent. So here I was subjected to this search, yet a few weeks earlier, a person wanted in my community with active arrest warrants that included charges for terroristic threats was able to board a plane from Miami to Philadelphia. This was not someone who was under the radar, he was also the subject of an ongoing FBI search. If TSA lets people wanted for terroristic threats on planes … well, need I say more.

  29. Today in SLC, happened to me in pre-check line — and 5 travelers in a row! Felt more like an equipment failure than a random selection.

  30. IAH-PHX Dec 28 passed metal detector, beeped and was told I was randomly selected and they swabbed my electronic devices

    PHX-IAH Dec 30 same thing happened

    IAH-PHX Jan 9th, same thing happened

    Today is Jan 12 and I’m flying back to IAH and hoping I won’t get ‘randomly’ selected yet again.

    P.S. I have global entry and pre check. I travel every other week and it’s kind of getting ridiculous.

  31. My family (self, wife, and daughter) take part in pre-check and fly just about every 2-3 months with a typical destination of Disney/Orlando. This past Tuesday, while going through security in Philadelphia International, I was pulled aside and told that I was randomly selected. I was asked about the contents of my carryon and then informed I would be personally searched. I selected to be patted down right there. After patting me down, the guard swapped his gloves to which his computer went red indicating explosive material. I next was taken, with three guards, to a back room and once again accosted until I was eventually cleared. Daughter crying, wife upset, we proceed to Disney. On the way home, my wife if ‘randomly’ selected and patted down. How is search and seizure, without cause, simply a random selection, legal? With the very real fear of my daughter be random number selection only to be defiled by some anonymous agent, we will not fly again. What is the point of pre-check? With all of the information, all of the devices, why are we being ‘randomly’ searched when both the bag and personal scan indicate an all clear. How is it this random selection can occur to the same family in the space of four days? This is an apple pie American family and this treatment does not feel like America to me. This experience has made us realize just how far you can get in a car in the time it takes to get to the airport, check in, board, fly, deplane, and navigate to the final destination. I am not a fan of profiling but there is no way this family could ever be viewed as a possible or plausible threat.

    1. As long as there are millions of Americans, some of whom posted in this very thread, who believe it is well worth trampling on the Bill of Rights in order to gain some semblance of a security blanket so they can suck their thumbs in safety on the airplane, the continue guilty-until-proven-innocent approach by the TSA will remain. Note the simpleton on here who posted that “everyone is a potential terrorist.” You, your daughter, my father, your wife, Brian’s wife, Brian himself, literally anyone is a potential mad bomber. This approach literally puts you directly in the crosshairs of the thousand of flunky TSA agents who would be grocery baggers if not working for the agency.

      The craven Americans who stand by and allow this to happen, some of whom actually encourage it thinking it’s adding to the safety of the airways, are the ones to blame. This type of behavior by the TSA would be unheard of before 9/11 and would not be tolerated if the police or any other agency of the government adhered to it.

      Osama bin Laden must be smiling every time an American citizen is accosted, assaulted, and generally treated as a radical Muslim terrorist at the airport.

      Bil Laden 2 – America 0. He beat us on 9/11 and has been beating us ever since. As long as we tolerate Gestapo tactics by the TSA, his spirit is alive in well in America.

      Blind Squirrel

  32. I got selected yesterday for this. It makes me mad, one of the reasons I paid for precheck was to avoid the scanner and pat downs. The first time I went through the agent misgendered me so an alert popped up for that. So I get scanned again and something shows up on my knee. I get patted down. I’ve no idea what wouldve caused this but of course I was cleared.

    Both agents were polite and respectful but the system itself makes no sense. I’m a military retiree who possesses a security clearance and works for the government as a contractor still. If I was going to harm the government I could do far worse than messing with a plane.

    Part of the problem is they’re randomly selecting non cleared passengers for precheck. This needs to stop. People who’ve paid for the privilege and undergone the checks and screening should not have to undergo random checks to accommodate passengers who get randomly assigned pre check.

  33. I have been selected 4 out of my last 8
    flights at 3 different airports for the full pat down search.
    As a 63 year old male born in the USA
    I know I fit the terrorist profile, not!
    Screw it I am done with the PSA Pre-check line.

    1. @Mark,
      As long as there are idiots who think flying is safer because a TSA agent is grazing your balls or a female’s nether regions looking for a weapon you just need to shut it and live with it.

      Of course, the offensive-lineman proof cockpit door, Air Marshal Program, updated pilot security training, armed pilots, new policies for pilots leaving the cockpit, crazy nutzo guaranteed reaction from passengers onboard, and full body scanners do nothing to obviate the need for such invasive meddling and trashing of your constitutional rights to be free of unreasonable search and seizure (4th Amendment, folks).

      Even in this thread, some Einstein opined that everyone is a potential terrorist. Even YOU!

      So get over it. 19 terrorists – 1 325 million US citizens – 0

      Blind Squirre

  34. I was randomly selected both times on my pre-check trip from SFO-JFK AND EWR-SFO. The first agent actually tried to open my phone, though didn’t ask for my code and didn’t proceed past that. The second leg I was randomly selected and then VERY intimately patted down, bags searched, phone swabbed (tho they didn’t try and turn it on this time), shoes removed, etc. it was very invasive for someone who is already approved for precheck. We’ve already given up civil liberties and privacy to sign up for this and save ourselves the headache of tsa, now you’ve basically just said you aren’t going to follow what you put forth.

  35. I have TSA Pre/ Global Entry and recently signed up for CLEAR without any problems. Yet, in the last 5 travel experiences within a month period, I’ve been “randomly selected” for additional screening,

    I don’t think it’s that random and if there’s an issue, how do you go about finding out.

    This shouldn’t be the norm.

  36. According to some of the mindless idiots who have posted on here and who make up the greater population, you are a potential terrorist just as much as a jihadist hoping to meet dozens of virgins upon martyrdom. So YOU too should have zero expectation of protection from unreasonable search and seizure. So should grandmothers in wheelchairs. Mothers carrying baby formula. And even little squirts going through security with stuffed animals…or me going through security with my 11-year-old Westie. It does not matter that you may never have been arrested, questioned, or even one cent on your taxes….YOU ARE A POTENTIAL TERRORIST according to the sycophants.

    So, according to these buffoons, consider yourself lucky you’re not even more invasively searched as YOU are a potential terrorist. Yes. YOU!

    Blind Squirrel

  37. I happily paid for and went through the background check and interview process in order to get through the security lines quickly and easily, without hassle. On my return from Mexico Dec 28, 2018, my boarding pass did not get TSA/pre-ck printed on it, instead I was chosen to be super-searched–not just go through the regular line, but have a full pat-down and groin search-twice for each leg. This happened in Mexico and again at LAX. I felt invaded and de-frauded. I paid to not have to go through this type of thing. My name should not be a part of the random search field.

    1. Yes it should, sir. So what if you’re 4th amendment rights are shredded before your very eyes? You, Sir, are a potential therapist. Just like your dog. Your parakeet. Your favorite teddy bear. Your spare tire on your motorcycle. The water you forgot was in your bag. Your snacks. Your wife’s breast milk. Everything and everyone is a potential terrorist. And who better to search you than those academic exemplars from Inspector Clusioe University who staff the TSA checkpoints? According to some who’ve posted on here, you are guilty until proven safe for an airplane. So shut up and enjoy your groping while Osama bin Lardass smiles up from hell.


  38. I fly from Dallas Fort-Worth to San Francisco periodically for business and school purposes. Last time was third time in a row, I had to go through random screening. I fly all over the world but for some reason DFW airport needs to screen me RANDOMLY, which is turning out to be 3rd time in ROW. How is this any random is puzzling? I believe this act is racially motivated and I intent to find out what makes the screening machine beep every time I go through DFW Airport security check even after being Trusted Traveler and Global Entry member. If it is racially motivated, then TSA will have a lot to answer in court.

  39. I’m in SLC, I have precheck and I was randomly searched. I was told I can still get randomly picked. Had to go through X-ray as well

  40. I was flying out of SAV in Savanna Georgia. I am registered with pre-check and was just selected for “random” screening and subjected to a pat down. I am less than pleased.

  41. My family and I live in different states in the USA, I am 72 years of age, so I travel back and forth to see my children and grandchildren. I have been diagnosed with osteo., so I got Tsa precheck and Clear, so I won’t have to be scanned, patted down or searched randomly even though I read the small print! Guess what! It turns out to be a waste of money for a retiree that works parttime helping and during the pandemic with the opioid crisis because every time I go to through Tsa I am randomly searched. Not a coincidence there has to be something setting it off!!! Does anyone know how to find out?????

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