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2017-10-05 09:40:05 AM  
If you travel outside the country at least once a year it's better to pay $15 more and get Global Entry. That comes with TSA-Pre plus you don't have to wait in the HUGE lines at Customs/Border Protection when arriving back in the US. You go to a little kiosk that takes your picture, prints it out on a receipt, which you then just hand to a guy as you walk out, the whole time avoiding any kind of line. The mean looks you get from people who have been standing in 500-person lines for an hour makes it alone worth the price.
 
2017-10-05 09:51:30 AM  
My Lebanese boss paid for Nexus for him and his entire family so they could travel to the US without being harassed. He was in the Pentagon on 9/11, working for the US military. The security theater is offensively useless.
 
2017-10-05 10:26:35 AM  
Awesomely paranoid article.  "I had no problems with my experience.  Reminds me of how white people are holding me down."

And yes, before you call me a racist, or link to my Stormfront account, everything I have ever done in my life is committed to the goal of diversity, all of my slaves came from multiple ethnic backgrounds and social classes.

It's common sense.  You don't limit yourself.  You can get a competitive advantage by enslaving all races.
 
2017-10-05 10:29:17 AM  

Mike_LowELL: Awesomely paranoid article.  "I had no problems with my experience.  Reminds me of how white people are holding me down."

And yes, before you call me a racist, or link to my Stormfront account, everything I have ever done in my life is committed to the goal of diversity, all of my slaves came from multiple ethnic backgrounds and social classes.

It's common sense.  You don't limit yourself.  You can get a competitive advantage by enslaving all races.


A rainbow of hate.
 
2017-10-05 10:53:43 AM  
Imagine the conservative heads exploding if people in groups who are more likely to go through a "random" check are sent to the front of the line to achieve TSA precheck privileges. It would be beautiful. I think it needs to happen.

Yeah, I'm white and can't afford much air travel, but I've seen for myself that the more melanin-enhanced are far more likely to get the TSA's most intimate services. I get the pat-down thanks to a plate on my ankle and a pacemaker. Mom got the bag reorganization for the crime of forgetting a nearly empty Diet Coke. But it was just going through the motions with apologies and no apparent suspicion. The woman in the head scarf and the businessman who spend months every year traveling to Southeast Asia and looks like he was from there didn't get the warm fuzzies. He was fascinating and I was disappointed to have to leave him behind. Good thing he was there four hours early. I hated to see both of them being treated like new inmates.

TO;DR, If you're a person of color and/or of a minority(in America) religion that involves headgear and travel a lot, you've earned some privilege for once.
 
2017-10-05 12:21:05 PM  
They ran out of coffee.
 
2017-10-05 12:25:44 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Awesomely paranoid article.  "I had no problems with my experience.  Reminds me of how white people are holding me down."

And yes, before you call me a racist, or link to my Stormfront account, everything I have ever done in my life is committed to the goal of diversity, all of my slaves came from multiple ethnic backgrounds and social classes.

It's common sense.  You don't limit yourself.  You can get a competitive advantage by enslaving all races.


Why, you're practically Benetton!
 
2017-10-05 12:52:57 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Awesomely paranoid article.  "I had no problems with my experience.  Reminds me of how white people are holding me down."

And yes, before you call me a racist, or link to my Stormfront account, everything I have ever done in my life is committed to the goal of diversity, all of my slaves came from multiple ethnic backgrounds and social classes.

It's common sense.  You don't limit yourself.  You can get a competitive advantage by enslaving all races.


Hey, if it was good enough for the Romans...
 
2017-10-05 12:54:22 PM  

thisdaydreamer: Yeah, I'm white and can't afford much air travel, but I've seen for myself that the more melanin-enhanced are far more likely to get the TSA's most intimate services.


If you really want to get the TSA action going, fly a bunch of one-way routes or change your flight plan at the last minute.

I got four pat downs on four legs of the same trip that way.
 
2017-10-05 12:54:23 PM  
FAFTITFA

"going thru the airport with tsa pre-check is like a 5-minute AOL free trial CD of white privilege"

I'll admit, I lol'd.
 
2017-10-05 12:56:15 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Mike_LowELL: Awesomely paranoid article.  "I had no problems with my experience.  Reminds me of how white people are holding me down."

And yes, before you call me a racist, or link to my Stormfront account, everything I have ever done in my life is committed to the goal of diversity, all of my slaves came from multiple ethnic backgrounds and social classes.

It's common sense.  You don't limit yourself.  You can get a competitive advantage by enslaving all races.

A rainbow of hate.


The preferred term is a rainbow of help.
 
2017-10-05 12:56:48 PM  
Affording to be able to travel used to keep the poors and ethnics out.

Now that anyone can fly, you are treated like cattle and prodded where to go and submit to authority.
 
2017-10-05 12:57:45 PM  
I always get a kick when the TSA Pre-check line is longer than the regular line.
 
2017-10-05 12:59:21 PM  

Walker: If you travel outside the country at least once a year it's better to pay $15 more and get Global Entry. That comes with TSA-Pre plus you don't have to wait in the HUGE lines at Customs/Border Protection when arriving back in the US. You go to a little kiosk that takes your picture, prints it out on a receipt, which you then just hand to a guy as you walk out, the whole time avoiding any kind of line. The mean looks you get from people who have been standing in 500-person lines for an hour makes it alone worth the price.


^^^ This ^^^.  Wife and I both got Global Entry (Credit card perk paid for both of us).  It was not real useful in the UK when getting thru security, but in the US, it is a godsend.  You do have to go to a TSA type office (Airport or local Port Authority) for an interview and fingerprinting.
 
2017-10-05 12:59:23 PM  
Even with Global Entry and almost shocking whiteness, I get randomly selected on about half my trips (so about 1/4 flights).
 
2017-10-05 01:01:09 PM  
So she's complaining about not being discriminated against?

"I thought I couldn't get TSA Pre-Check because I'm black"
"People think I only got TSA Pre-Check because I'm black"

Just fark you, okay?
 
2017-10-05 01:01:18 PM  
Funny how I've been selected on a number of occasions for enhanced security checks, full body pat downs, etc. and I'm white and don't fly very often. It's not a race thing, this douche just wants to see anything that isn't perfect that way.
 
2017-10-05 01:02:25 PM  
csb:

I fly back and forth from Trinidad about once every year or two and it's always my bags that get the glove treatment and I get the extra pat-downs but my wife hasn't had that happen to her once -- either coming or going. I'm white, she's black.

I also once had an Indian TSA guy shove me down a random line and I'm like "Um... that's my family going thatta way" and he was like "okay then follow them" with the dirtiest look I've ever seen in his eye.

/csb
 
2017-10-05 01:03:51 PM  
First privilege checked free, all additional privileges checked for $25, including carry-on privilege checked at gate.
 
2017-10-05 01:03:53 PM  
Fark them and paying for niceties.  I fly quite a bit and I won't squanch for it.  It should be better than it is and I won't give my 2c of reward to fed just so I can have it a little nicer.  I also opt out of every scanner check and go for the pat down.

"Sir, why are you opting out?"

"It gives you job security."

/Fark Bush
/Fark Chertoff
 
2017-10-05 01:05:00 PM  

This text is now purple: thisdaydreamer: Yeah, I'm white and can't afford much air travel, but I've seen for myself that the more melanin-enhanced are far more likely to get the TSA's most intimate services.

If you really want to get the TSA action going, fly a bunch of one-way routes or change your flight plan at the last minute.

I got four pat downs on four legs of the same trip that way.


OK, how many legs do you have?
 
2017-10-05 01:06:07 PM  

This text is now purple: thisdaydreamer: Yeah, I'm white and can't afford much air travel, but I've seen for myself that the more melanin-enhanced are far more likely to get the TSA's most intimate services.

If you really want to get the TSA action going, fly a bunch of one-way routes or change your flight plan at the last minute.

I got four pat downs on four legs of the same trip that way.


And don't forget to pay for all the tickets in cash.

Seriously they best deal if you travel outside the US is Global Entry, it is $100 is good for several years and some of the premium credit cards will reimburse you that fee. The down side is going out to the airport, finding where the have hidden the TSA/CBP office and getting fingerprinted.
 
2017-10-05 01:06:37 PM  

BafflerMeal: I also opt out of every scanner check and go for the pat down.

"Sir, why are you opting out?"


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2017-10-05 01:07:01 PM  
I have long hair I put in a braid while I travel so it doesn't get caught in a seat and to keep people from chewing on it (you never know on airplanes). I also typically wear long skirts. Between those two items, I have never not been patted down. Every time. Female TSA agents have their hands on my thighs more often than I probably do.
 
2017-10-05 01:08:02 PM  
According to the US Government, 9/11 cost somewhere between $400,000 and $500,000. If that's typical of terrorist operations, $85 each to avoid any form of security check seems well worth while. What's the catch?
 
2017-10-05 01:10:46 PM  
TSA Pre-Check is just another symptom of the class divide plaguing our nation.

You wanted to be safe instead of free. You asked for the TSA and you asked for this.
 
2017-10-05 01:11:10 PM  

dbialac: Funny how I've been selected on a number of occasions for enhanced security checks, full body pat downs, etc. and I'm white and don't fly very often. It's not a race thing, this douche just wants to see anything that isn't perfect that way.


I get enhanced security checks for wearing cargo pants.
 
2017-10-05 01:11:17 PM  

SamFlagg: FAFTITFA

"going thru the airport with tsa pre-check is like a 5-minute AOL free trial CD of white privilege"

I'll admit, I lol'd.


And no one under the age of 30 will get that reference.

/"what's AOL?"
//"what's a CD?"
///"you had to connect your computer to a landline?"
 
2017-10-05 01:11:34 PM  
Weird. I'm white and I didn't realize that I don't have to stand in the TSA line at the airport. Where do I get my "White Privilege" card?
 
2017-10-05 01:11:35 PM  

orbister: According to the US Government, 9/11 cost somewhere between $400,000 and $500,000. If that's typical of terrorist operations, $85 each to avoid any form of security check seems well worth while. What's the catch?


"... avoid any form of security check ...".  You don't fly, do you?
 
2017-10-05 01:12:02 PM  
I wish I could get some of that white privilege when I land in Africa so I could breeze through customs and not have to prove I have vaccination records.
 
2017-10-05 01:12:14 PM  
This author probably thinks she is a victim of racial injustice when she is waiting at the DMV and the person in line before her has their number come up ahead of hers.
 
2017-10-05 01:12:58 PM  
It's whiteness with all the perks, none of the guilt.

OK, that's enough. Fark you.
I'm white, and I have no guilt because I am not the source of your problems. Lump summing whites is no better than lump summing blacks (or any other ethnicity) and that is frowned upon, no?
If you were going for funny/cute, you failed, and if that is how you really think, then you are doing yourself as much of a disservice as some are doing to you.
 
2017-10-05 01:15:14 PM  
We get it article writer. You don't like crackers.
/your blog sucks
 
2017-10-05 01:18:57 PM  
Author is a race bating idiot, that is all.
 
2017-10-05 01:21:56 PM  

sdd2000: This text is now purple: thisdaydreamer: Yeah, I'm white and can't afford much air travel, but I've seen for myself that the more melanin-enhanced are far more likely to get the TSA's most intimate services.

If you really want to get the TSA action going, fly a bunch of one-way routes or change your flight plan at the last minute.

I got four pat downs on four legs of the same trip that way.

And don't forget to pay for all the tickets in cash.

Seriously they best deal if you travel outside the US is Global Entry, it is $100 is good for several years and some of the premium credit cards will reimburse you that fee. The down side is going out to the airport, finding where the have hidden the TSA/CBP office and getting fingerprinted.


I screened for TSA pre✔ just this morning so I'm getting a kick
 
2017-10-05 01:22:17 PM  

dbialac: Funny how I've been selected on a number of occasions for enhanced security checks, full body pat downs, etc. and I'm white and don't fly very often. It's not a race thing, this douche just wants to see anything that isn't perfect that way.


Peddlers of outrage have convinced many people that the most mundane of everyday slights is due to their race, sex, sexual orientation, etc.  It's sad because it blinds them to the fact that many others not like them go through exact same hassles.  As a result, common experiences that should bind us together as a culture (i.e. being able to empathize with your fellow man) instead only divide us further.
 
2017-10-05 01:24:17 PM  
I think I've had enough Fark for today.
 
2017-10-05 01:25:56 PM  
2 firearms checked and no ID except my ticket?  Get sent to the precheck line and submit to brief interrogation.

No bag.  Shorts, tank top and flip flops + passport?
That'll be a 20 minute hold while they swab my shoes 4 times, pat me down 3, and consult with their supervisors repeatedly.
 
2017-10-05 01:26:04 PM  
Just a matter of time until some bomber gets through TSA Pre and ruins that too.
 
2017-10-05 01:27:32 PM  

dbialac: Funny how I've been selected on a number of occasions for enhanced security checks, full body pat downs, etc. and I'm white and don't fly very often. It's not a race thing, this douche just wants to see anything that isn't perfect that way.


Same here.  Some people just like playing the race card and fueling the fire.
 
2017-10-05 01:28:42 PM  
Setting aside the author's Stone-Mountain sized chip on her shoulder, this is actually the way to deal with all this "white Privilege" garbage.  If there's something someone can do by the grace of their birth, then in the USA, everyone should be able to do it.  For a price, at least.  Gotta keep the poors out.
 
2017-10-05 01:28:45 PM  

cob2f: This text is now purple: thisdaydreamer: Yeah, I'm white and can't afford much air travel, but I've seen for myself that the more melanin-enhanced are far more likely to get the TSA's most intimate services.

If you really want to get the TSA action going, fly a bunch of one-way routes or change your flight plan at the last minute.

I got four pat downs on four legs of the same trip that way.

OK, how many legs do you have?


I can lean forward without using my hands.
 
2017-10-05 01:28:57 PM  

Walker: If you travel outside the country at least once a year it's better to pay $15 more and get Global Entry. That comes with TSA-Pre plus you don't have to wait in the HUGE lines at Customs/Border Protection when arriving back in the US. You go to a little kiosk that takes your picture, prints it out on a receipt, which you then just hand to a guy as you walk out, the whole time avoiding any kind of line. The mean looks you get from people who have been standing in 500-person lines for an hour makes it alone worth the price.


This. Also, if you are traveling to Asia for business APEC is awesome. I would say one other thing:

Fark you Aisha. White privilege my arse. My friend is white, a pilot, has a security clearance, and more. Various (not legal complications, as a requirement) government agencies have so many copies of his fingerprints it isn't funny. The joke is that he could get a security clearance to be allowed into a special lab where they interview your family and friends before you get the ability to even walk in the room, getting a prox card to enter unaided is even more rigorous and they triple check everything, but he would get randomly selected for extra screening. He's white as the driven snow with blonde hair.

I joke about how many copies of my fingerprints the government has for security clearance reasons as well. Same thing, I got pulled aside for extra screening, but for me you could argue it's because I set off the metal detector.

So "white privilege" my arse.
 
2017-10-05 01:29:50 PM  

Sojianna: I have long hair I put in a braid while I travel so it doesn't get caught in a seat and to keep people from chewing on it (you never know on airplanes). I also typically wear long skirts. Between those two items, I have never not been patted down. Every time. Female TSA agents have their hands on my thighs more often than I probably do.


Go on...
 
2017-10-05 01:30:23 PM  

puckrock2000: SamFlagg: FAFTITFA

"going thru the airport with tsa pre-check is like a 5-minute AOL free trial CD of white privilege"

I'll admit, I lol'd.

And no one under the age of 30 will get that reference.

/"what's AOL?"
//"what's a CD?"
///"you had to connect your computer to a landline?"


I don't get the reference. Those AOL CDs were useless, unless you badly needed a small cheap mirror. The good ones were the AOL floppy disks. You could erase those and reuse them.
 
2017-10-05 01:32:13 PM  

Luse: Author is a race bating idiot, that is all.


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2017-10-05 01:34:27 PM  

Percise1: If you were going for funny/cute, you failed, and if that is how you really think, then you are doing yourself as much of a disservice as some are doing to you.


I guarantee it's what she really thinks: some black people think that all white people go to Harvard the same way some white people think all black people are thugs. It is what it is.
 
2017-10-05 01:34:36 PM  
On the another...article... on the same page,

We're so glad that President Oprah has finally decided to introduce a mandatory (customer) service year for men.

We'll finally be able to use the right to bear arms to overthrow an intolerable tyranny.
 
2017-10-05 01:34:46 PM  
I'm not OK with this black woman appropriating white privilege culture.

To be serious for a moment though, doesn't the fact that this woman had no trouble getting TSA pre-approval sort of disprove the notion that white people get special privileges not available to anyone else? She paid the fee, went to the interview, and was treated just the same as anyone else who was looking for pre-approval. It's not like TSA approval originated in the Jim Crow south in the 1950s.

Sheesh...Gotta find something, anything to be outraged about, I guess...
 
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