The TSA Precheck Program for the 1 Percent

TSA PrecheckBecause rich people sure do hate being inconvenienced. Via the WSJ:

Hate the full-body scans, pat-downs and slow going at TSA airport security screening checkpoints? For $100, you can now bypass the hassle.

The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out expedited screening at big airports called “Precheck.” It has special lanes for background-checked travelers, who can keep their shoes, belt and jacket on, leave laptops and liquids in carry-on bags and walk through a metal detector rather than a full-body scan. The process, now at two airlines and nine airports, is much like how screenings worked before the Sept. 11 attacks.

To qualify, frequent fliers must meet undisclosed TSA criteria and get invited in by the airlines. There is also a backdoor in. Approved travelers who are in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s “Global Entry” program can transfer into Precheck using their Global Entry number.

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23 Comments on "The TSA Precheck Program for the 1 Percent"

  1. and begins to sound like how a distopia works, the rich and powerful don’t apply

    •  Yep, they just throw around five $20 bills like it’s nothing! This is .0025% of the average American annual income. Who can afford that when they have to buy food and rent?! Maybe only like 50 people in the whole country – the Bushes and Kennedys and so forth.

  2. If politicians out there give a shit about voters they’d take an issue like this and run with it. But you’ll see how nothing will be done except perhaps some hollow grandstanding by 1 or a few Congress cretins -pussy politician poseurs. We’ll all continue to watch as post 9-11 pussy ‘Merica continues to be remade into a nightmare joke land of struggling a-hole fat -ass consumer addict debtors suffering every imaginable indignity while parasitic wealthy jerk asses greedily milks society while jerking off to Ayn Rand style rhetoric assuring them how they’re so great and deserve even more (that’s to say, –to the extent the rich think at all.– Many are Paris Hilton style shitheads w/out apparent soul). Fuck it.

    • And fuck them.

    • I know, seriously — the constituency of most congressmen would be absolutely up-in-arms that  only people who have the kind of disposable income to come up with $100 could get into this self-funded, non-taxypayer supporter program.

      ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS! This is like so much money I can’t even imagine! We need to have a rally or something!

  3. Vincent Vega | Apr 2, 2012 at 12:17 am |

    Osama bin ladin  was one of the 1%.  A coward but still part of the elite.

    The people will rise up again, they are either pushing the citizens to do so on purpose or they are so arrogant they have no idea what they are doing will cause a collapse of the civilized world.

    Give peace a chance…….lol

  4. This is nothing more than a bit of marketing fluff to hide why the 1% do not go through any checks on charter flights or private jets. This leaves an obvious risk but they don’t care. This is all about training the poor to get used to being physically humiliated and subjugated by the rich.

  5. Haystack | Apr 2, 2012 at 7:57 am |

    The substance of it is that they don’t want to impose their degrading procedures upon people who are actually powerful enough to do something about them. 

    • tooCents | Apr 2, 2012 at 8:18 am |

      That’s what it is about. I don’t think, with respect to another poster, it is about training. Although it DOES have that benefit, ok. But it is simply there because some people -rich of course- can screw with the TSA, with the organization SO a concession is made. It’s a little example of power in action.

    •  All those Donald Trumps and Ross Perots with their easy access to $100! Shocking!

      This is ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, PEOPLE! Who in the name of God could ever afford that other than Richy Rich? Horrible I say!

  6. I fly 20-30 times per year on average for work and maybe 3 times per year for pleasure and plan on paying the $100 to get into this program, which is worth the $3 per trip to me. I make less than $386,000/year (what it takes to be in the upper 1% of income).

    $100 annual fee is hardly the kind of threshold one would establish if you truly wanted to weed out everyone other than the uber-rich. The average iTunes user spends $109/year on iTunes. Is iTunes a service targeted to “the 1%” super-elite?

    We need to differentiate between the “super-rich” (those who are *unusually* wealthy) and the “super-poor” (those who are *unusually* poor). I get the feeling this post was written by the latter …

    • Jin The Ninja | Apr 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm |

      i get the idea your post was written by an illiterate troll.

      • Jin – do you truly not have $100 in disposable income? Do you really think that someone spending $100 on something (.0025% of the average American’s annual income as pointed out by others) makes them part of “the 1%”? It sounds like you lead a very rough, impoverished life and I’m sorry you’ve been dealt a bad hand. I truly hope things improve for you. You sound like you are in a desperate situation. 
        Here are some resources that may be able to help you and others in your plight: 

        • What are we going to do about NetFlix? That’s $9.99/month – $1/month more than PreScreen! Talk about all those 1-percenters with their fancy DVDs in the mail – they can’t even be bothered to walk to Blockbuster like the working people, like the 99% do. I hate those Netflix 1-percenters!

          I’m still just rolling on the floor that the author of this post thinks someone must be “the rich 1%” if they can afford to spend $1.92/week on something. hehehe

          I come to disinfo for a good laugh and, in the past, it would be hit and miss but, lately, the happy band of lunatics they’ve got posting here have really been delivering big time! It’s even funnier than Alex Jones because, with text, you don’t have to FF through the screaming and yelling. 🙂

        • Jin The Ninja | Apr 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm |

           it has absolutely nothing to do with the fee, rather the fact that a shadow backdoor exists for pre selected people who meet unspecified requirements in an already obstrusive probably illegal system and one that is absolutely useless at that.

        • Jin The Ninja | Apr 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

          come on trollio, reply. it’s simple really. you’re a shill, and you have no argument; no moral or legal justification for the TSA and its behaviour- this or otherwise. it’s a total con, and you’re part of it. and the ad hominems? well calling someone “poor” is pretty distateful isn’t it? didn’t your mother teach you anything, fascist?

        • Chessmaster389 | Jul 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

          So a family of five should pay an additional $500 for the privilege of not having their rights violated and their children groped? 

          UA you’re a brainwashed idiot.

          Tell ya what why don’t you just send me some of that money, you seem so eager to part with, and I won’t rape you. Sound fair? 

    • Theoneandonlytamiko | Apr 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm |

      If you’re really below that salary, good luck getting invited. Nice thought you had though.

  7. Fisher1949 | Apr 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

    PreCheck is the most blatantly racist and biased Government program in decades. For the past year TSA has insisted that everyone must be subjected to the same security procedures, whether a child, elderly grandmother or US Senator. Now they are allowing the privileged buy their way out of the screening process.

    TSA is tacitly saying that the wealthy are more equal than others. Those chosen for the program will almost exclusively consist of well to do, mostly white, passengers. Minorities and low income travelers will bear the brunt of TSA practices while the privileged skirt them. This makes no sense from a security perspective since many terrorists have been frequent fliers or wealthy.

    This state sponsored extortion will establish a mechanism to allow arbitrary profiling of passengers in the future, which could include Latinos and African-Americans and anyone else they choose to harass.

    If someone can buy their way out of screening then this is no more than security theater and passenger harassment. Congress must demand that TSA adopt consistent, sensible and respectful procedures for everyone, not just the privileged or those willing to pay TSA protection money.

    • “TSA is tacitly saying that the wealthy are more equal than others.” 

      If, by wealthy, you mean anyone who has $100 in disposable income. (that’s $100 with two zeroes) 

      “If someone can buy their way out of screening then this is no more than security theater and passenger harassment.”

      They’re not buying their way out of screening. They’re opting in to an alternate screening scheme and paying a nominal fee of $100 so that taxpayers don’t have to cover the added expense of implementation. The alternative would be to not charge $100 and force taxpayers who may not even use air transit to pay.

      •  Give me a break. The alternative would be that all passengers get processed the same way, in the same lines, through the same scans at almost no cost difference. Not for $100 bucks they make a joke of the whole system (as if that can be any more possible).

  8. rapemeagain | Apr 3, 2012 at 7:53 am |

    So they create TSA and charge all these fees for security then you can pay more to be part of a special program to not go through that?  Love it! 

  9. they steal your rights then make you buy them back.  #policestate #tyranny

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