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Registered Traveler Program Expanded

The TSA is expanding the Registered Traveler Program beyond its 5 pilot cities beginning in June.  What the hell does that mean?  Good question (thank you).  If you submit to a background check and pay a fee, you’ll be able to sail through airport security without being subjected to a search that would be Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America and listed on Cinemax as having Strong Sexual Content. 

Private companies would run the program and it would be up to them to figure out whether you’re just a dude selling software or whether you’re a member of an Al Qaeda sleeper cell in Nashville.  There’s a big question as to how these companies will figure that out.  Regardless, the program is going forward and, assuming you pass the check and pay the $80 or so, it will make your airport security passages much easier.

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