August 20, 2012
You can breathe a sigh of relief. If you're a frequent flyer, that is.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says that by 2015, the TSA will allow travelers to wear their shoes through security - you'll step on a shoe-scanning mat in exchange for that privilege. However, the big news for 2012 is a TSA pilot program called PreCheck which speeds travelers through the screening process at four airports (Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, and Dallas-Ft. Worth), with more cities to come shortly. At present, you must be a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program or a specially selected Delta or American frequent flier to participate. If you're one of the fortunate few, what awaits at the end of the rainbow?
You can wear your shoes, belt, and lightweight outerwear, and keep your laptop and liquids in your carry-on. Oh, and blue birds fly in a revolving halo around your head once you've passed through (okay, that part I made up.)
What's your worst airport security experience? Or, how ‘bout your best? An excruciatingly thorough pat-down from an overzealous TSA officer? Surrendering your luxurious facial cream from that exclusive spa in the south of France? Tell me your finest TSA stories.