As we’ve noted repeatedly about the TSA program called Pre-Check, not only is it the embodiment of “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” but it doesn’t guarantee participants expedited screening. Nor scan-free nor grope-free nor hassle-free travel.
Nevertheless, people are still hopping on board, desperately hoping to escape the abuse that their fellow travelers endure.
So no surprise that other businesses are getting in on the act. The Loews Hotel chain is now “partnering” with the TSA and DHS to enroll people in Pre-Check. If you’re a frequent flyer and frequent hotel guest, you can get the $100
extortion enrollment fee waived. In other words, Loews is doing the TSA’s dirty work for them.
But that’s life.
As is so often the case, one of the most pernicious effects of authoritarianism is that it enlists its victims as complicit in their own abuse.
Watch for other hotels, resorts, car rental companies, who-knows-what-else to join the fun.
(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/vxla)