For $85 you don’t have to undress for TSA

Am I missing something here? I thought TSA was looking for dangerous items when it x-rays and/or gropes passengers and looks through their luggage. However, by enrolling in this new government program, you’ll never again have to take off your shoes and belt at the airport. From the AP:

The government is expanding the ways airline passengers can enroll in an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts and keep laptop computers in cases at security checkpoints.

Under the Transportation Security Administration’s Precheck program, only travelers who were members of the frequent flyer programs of some air carriers were eligible for expedited screening. On Friday, TSA Administrator John Pistole said beginning later this year U.S. citizens will be able to enroll online or visit an enrollment site to provide identification, fingerprints and an $85 enrollment fee.

About 12 million people are currently enrolled in the program. Pistole said he expects about another 3 million people to enroll before the end of the year.

Wait a minute. Are they implying that frequent fliers would never carry dangerous items onto a plane? And that those who pay for this stupid government program are no safety threat?

So, the 90 year old granny and the tiniest baby have to undress while a terrorist just enrolls in this program and freely passes through security?

Here are a couple of links, in case you’d like to learn more:

http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

https://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/tsaprecheck.jsp

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