Given the recent state of events, it’s not surprising that TSA is tightening its grip on the security checks at airports. There’s not just the possibility that we all may soon have to travel without our computers, but at the screening stage it looks as though we are headed to a process that has us separate the contents of our bags into different bins. The days of simply removing your liquids and creams into a separate bag may soon be over. Now there are going to be bins for jackets, belts, shoes, creams, liquids, plus paper and electronics. If you’re traveling, it probably makes sense to unclutter your bag. The more stuff that you have floating in that thing, the more likely it is that they will want to look inside it. That is what will cost you time and hold up the lines.
In addition, TSA is becoming super diligent on the two bag carry-on rule. I ran into a problem the other day at Logan Airport and had to quickly unzip my main bag and put my man bag inside of the main bag because I had a backpack as well. Of course, all of this is good as it is all planned to make us safe and secure when we fly. This always bring me to the question – why don’t more people apply for TSA Precheck or Global Entry? None of the rules that apply or are shortly to be launched will affect TSA Precheck.
That brings me to the last thing, airlines do a phenomenal job of screening passengers. Soon they will be able to determine through government issued ID whether you have a reason for them to be suspicious. Where is Amtrak in all of this? Take the Acela from Boston to New York or New York to Washington; a well-trafficked route and you wonder why they do not institute an x-ray machine and an ID check before you get onto the train. It’s not perfect but it seems in this ever security-concerned world that it would make smart dollar sense to invest in something here.
Incidentally, TSA has assured us that the extra security checks they are putting in place will be tested not just for security but also for speed for consumers. You almost wonder why people that fly on planes are not forced to get global clearance.