Saturday, June 4, 2011

Expedited trusted traveler program? Well...

I wrote about some version of a trusted traveler program being instituted (and, to my surprise, it's been a very popular post). Another article (on a site that apparently caters to the "papers please!" industry) now has this choice quote from the TSA:
The program will be different from previous ones because it also won’t guarantee expedited processing. Participants could be pulled aside at any point. “We won’t guarantee expedited screening,” the spokesperson explains. “There will always be a random element to this.”
Ah, yes. The ever-present element of surprise configured to look like security, but actually a way to cover their butts and let them do whatever they want, whenever they want, and keep us perpetually on our toes in fear of what they might do to us. Did you expect anything less?