Are you a trusted traveler and an American citizen?

TSA, in its continuing effort to keep Americans safe while avoiding as much public humiliation as possible, is readying a new program in which select travelers won’t need to take off their shoes, remove their laptops, and so on.

This could make lines at security checkpoints in American airports more efficient. Personally, I would like to be a trusted traveler for the status – I would like to leave my shoes on while everybody else gets their socks dirty.

According to the comments, you pay $85 for this status and to keep your socks clean. Interesting that I was unable to find that bit of information in the article but poor reporting is nothing new, is it? If the comments are correct, I think improved status will continue to elude me because I’m cheap.

From the article: Passengers who are eligible for PreCheck include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs who are invited to apply by participating airlines. The airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

Additionally, U.S. citizens who are members of a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of the NEXUS expedited travel program qualify to participate.

TSA, of course, reserves the right to randomly force a trusted traveler to go through the normal security hoops.

Would you pay $85 to become a Trusted traveler? Assume for the purposes of this question that you meet all eligibility requirements.

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