It’s teaming up with the Department of Defense to automatically enroll all members of the U.S. military in Pre-Check.
We’ve reported countless times by now on the TSA program called Pre-Check. To recap once again, it’s a program whereby you pay $85 to the TSA for the occasional, never guaranteed, privilege of perhaps being expedited through security screening. You might not have to take your coat off, you might not have to take your shoes off, you might not have to remove your laptop from its bag, you might not be scanned, you might not be groped.
Again, even the TSA itself admits this.
Nevertheless, the agency keeps promoting the program. Pre-Check for military personnel has already been in place at 10 airports. Now, according to a press release issued yesterday, that number is expanding to 100.
“TSA joins with the American people in showing its appreciation for the service and sacrifices of our men and women in the Armed Forces,” said TSA Deputy Administrator John W. Halinski, a 25-year Marine Corps veteran. “Providing expedited screening while on travel is the least we can do for these courageous men and women.”
The new process being established under this agreement allows all active duty, U.S. Coast Guard, Reserve, and National Guard service members to use their DoD identification number when making reservations. That ID number will be used as their Known Traveler Number. When arriving at the airport, service members will then be permitted access to TSA Pre✓™ lanes for official or leisure travel on participating airlines.
As I wrote in January of 2012, regardless of what you think of the U.S. military, its members are no less likely to commit violence than the general population. Should they, then, get a free pass?
I don’t think the TSA’s expansion of Pre-Check has anything to do with respecting men and women in uniform. I think it’s just another step in dividing the public into the privileged and the non-privileged. If you’re one of The Little People, tough luck for you.