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By education and experience - Accountant with a specialty in taxation. Formerly a CPA (license has lapsed). Masters degree in law of taxation from University of Denver. Now retired. Part time work during baseball season as receptionist & switchboard operator for the Colorado Rockies. This gig feeds my soul in ways I have trouble articulating. One daughter, and four grandchildren. I share the house with two cats; a big goof of a cat called Grinch (named as a joke for his easy going "whatever" disposition); and Lady, a shelter adoptee with a regal bearing and sweet little soprano voice. I would be very bereft if it ever becomes necessary to keep house without a cat.
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Update on the TSA

I traveled to a family wedding a few weekends back - from Denver to Baltimore on Friday evening and back the other direction on Sunday afternoon. My airline affiliation and frequent flier card earn me a TSA precheck status, which basically means I don't have to take my shoes off or take any items out of my carry on bags for detailed inspection.

When I flew over New Year's, I had precheck status, but was not able to use the whole body scanners and had to endure the indignity of a pat down. The only advantage to precheck was a shorter line. I wrote to the TSA, and the reply basically informed me that even though I qualified for precheck status, they still didn't trust me.

I wrote about my experience and the response to my letter here on the blog. Well, things have changed. The lines for precheck customers are longer, clearly more people are automatically eligible, or are applying.

But, both in Denver and in Baltimore, lines are still much shorter than the non precheck passengers, but a scanner has been moved over so precheck passengers can request that method of screening. It's much faster and much more dignified. If any of the whole rigamarole at airports can be described as dignified.

I'd be willing to bet that I'm not the only one who complained in writing. And at both airports, TSA personnel asked those of us coming up to the metal detector and the scanner if we had knee or hip implants. When we answered in the affirmative, we were directed to the scanner.

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