Ski-themed security lines at airports


The TSA has launched a new test in Salt Lake City of ski-themed levels of access to the security lines. The goal is to have passengers self-select into more experienced and less experienced groups, in hopes that the “black diamond” crowd will move more quickly and the “green circle” crowd (families with young kids, etc.) can be their slow selves without getting in the way. Nice in theory, but folks have a habit of over-estimating their skills in any situation, so I’m not sure how useful this will end up being.

Also, what about folks in areas that aren’t as familiar with ski slope terminology? Are we going to have Sunny, Cloudy and Hurricane in Florida? Marine layer, smog and wildfire smoke in Southern California?

Anyways, I suppose it is a good thing that the TSA is trying. If only they bothered putting in place a program that actually could detect and stop actual threats instead of shampoo bottles, that’d be something worthwhile.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .
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