I would be willing to bet that the
first person to ever witness an egg squirting out of the back-side of a chicken
didn’t immediately think, “WOW; that looks delicious!” Even if
he were extraordinarily hungry, wouldn’t the chicken itself look more appetizing?
Who knows what happened, perhaps he saw a fox eat an egg and trot off into the
woods looking especially satiated. In any case, whoever had the idea to eat not
just one egg, but several, daily, for breakfast, was on to a revolutionary
idea. One wonders how difficult it was for him to convince his buddies to try
their first bite…
Well, several private sector companies are onto
such a revelation. In a laboratory somewhere (probably a marketing “think
tank” filled with motivational posters), someone asked the question,
“How hard can it be to pre-screen frequent travelers and give them some
sort of badge that would allow them to walk through a special security door
that wouldn’t scan their stuff and waste their time?”
So eager would I be to enroll in such a program,
that I would spend money (lots of MY OWN money) to get a badge, tattoo,
bar-code, implant, or whatever I needed to avoid the lemmings and
mouth-breathers in the security line! But wait, there’s a catch… I met a
representative of one of these private sector companies who tried to sell me
such an elixir. I think the fee was $150.00 and it involved a full U.S.
Government background check. I couldn’t wait to enroll and I mentioned how much
time I waste in
he said, “Oh, we don’t have that airport in our network yet.” What?
As it turns out, there are several blockades that prohibit these private
companies from operating in more than 4 or 5 airports at a time. I hate to
admit it, but I use MORE airports than that. Lots
more. He told me about how his company and others like it have expressed
with our government.
Steven Brill is the chairman of CLEAR-Verified
Identity Pass Inc., and in that article he states, “Perhaps the folks
in charge there don’t want to see a private-sector program flourish while those
government programs remain unfulfilled.” So, our government is working on
a program to assist frequent travelers through security. *sigh* This is the
same government who watched the Red Cross deliver food, water, and shelter to
tsunami victims in Indonesia, then took 5 entire days to get fresh water to New
I guess we have a choice: Pay
several different companies a sizable chunk of change and hope for enrollment
of more airports “soon,” or wait for the government to build and
administer an efficient and effective security pass for frequent business
travelers. If you want to find me, I guess I’ll still be waiting in line!