Premier Airport Security Line–Your tax dollars at Work!
July 8, 2009, 10:03 pm
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What does a first class ticket have to do with a shorter line to get through security (“TSA”) at the airport? Airlines are offering this as an incentive to their frequent fliers and first class customers–you get to go into a “premier line.” Since the screening is being done by a government agency, there shouldn’t be a buy your way to a shorter line option. Is there a buy your way to the front of the line at DMV? To get on the bus? To vote? Don’t my tax dollars pay the TSA employees in the “premier” line too?

I voiced this complaint over the phone to the TSA and they told me it was controlled by the airlines. What is controlled by the airlines? The lines to go through security? That doesn’t seem right in a democracy. Everyone should have an equal opportunity to miss their airplane if the security line is long, no matter how much they paid for their ticket. And all you frequent fliers who bitch and moan about the lady with the stroller in front of you, too bad. We know you are sooooo important and such an expert flyer. Why don’t you just offer to help? After all, just because I have two small kids doesn’t mean I’ve got all the time in the world to wait in line or that I don’t know what I’m doing. Let’s see you take off 3 pairs of shoes, collapse a stroller, get the carry on onto the conveyor belt, separate the juice boxes, hold onto 3 boarding passes, and convince the kids to walk through the metal detector. Then you’re an expert.