Airport’s New White Collar Lane
The Registered Traveler Program began today at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. This is the airport’s new security lane. You can pass through to your gate in as little as a minute for $100 a year, a background check and scans of your fingerprints and eyes.
The name sounded problematic to me from the start. I don’t know which pisses me off more — the voluntary surrender of so much personal information or the idea of two classes of security service, one for the poor and another for the rich.
Your new “Clear Card” will fit nicely in your wallet, between your country club and GOP membership cards. Sure, you can argue that the price could be more, but there are people who can’t afford this.
Also, there’s the principle of the thing. Should airport security really be a tiered service? Shouldn’t all citizens have equal treatment under the law? That is what we’re talking about — this is a police and ultimately a national security matter. It’s not like first-class seats on a plane.
Maybe I’m reaching and, bleeding-heart lib that I am, maybe I want to be appalled. What do you think?
— Steve Carter-Novotni