I had an op-ed in The Mercury News this last Sunday entitled "Risks unknown for ‘registered traveler’ participants."
I travel a lot. So learning the little nuances of each airport I frequent comes in very handy. I have been able to pull off little stunts like driving five miles, parking my car, getting my boarding pass at a kiosk, clearing security and getting to my gate in 17 minutes. Of course, this takes a lot of luck, too. One long line and poof … you miss a flight especially when not allowing more than 45 minutes between airport arrival and the plane’s departure
As I mentioned in my op-ed, I planned on taking the plunge and therefore enrolled in the Clear Registered Traveler program yesterday. Handing over my biometrics and subjecting myself to a background check will be well worth shorter airport lines, especially if this program turns up at airports I actually frequent.
When I think about this program and programs like this – while there is some additional risk introduced anytime one reveals more of his/her personal information – the other [big] risk is what happens when a good guy who gets the "Approved Security Threat Assessment" stamp from the Transportation Security Administration decides to become a bad guy later.
When good guys go bad (the "insider threat") is a nasty problem. And while this program has wisely opted for a perpetual credentialing process, something I strongly advocate, detecting the lone gunman scenario, where the bad guy works alone, is a very hard problem. I hope the perpetual credentialing program they have in place is topnotch.
Nonetheless, I’m eager to have as many airport shortcuts as I can get my hands on!
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