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Have You Experienced Ssss?  
User currently offlineCabso1 From Canada, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6810 times:

Who here has experienced SSSS security courtesy of TSA? I experienced it in May on UA when they SSSS'ed me 3 times out of a possible 4 on a trip from LHR-ORD-IAH-ORD-IAH. The last sector was the only exception.

I hate the SSSS. What about you guys?

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User currently offlineAirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6791 times:

I get it from time to time because I have an unusual first name. Since most of my flying is out of DCA I take it as a cost of flying.. There have been times in other airports - ATL for example - where having the SSSS is actually a good thing.. you get the secondary line and generally after getting searched you're out and on the train before the people you're travelling with that didn't get it. Big grin

I usually just sit back and let them do what they have to do.. the more you get angry about it, the more intense the search and the longer the time it takes to get through.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

I don't understand the big deal about it. So you get a secondary screening. They're usually courteous about it, and you go on. It's nothing like having to go down to a room off the tarmac where all your checked bags are opened and inspected before loading, like we used to have to do in the 80's prior to flying to the U.S. from some airports in Europe.


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User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2358 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6644 times:

Quoting AirScoot (Reply 1):
after getting searched you're out and on the train before the people you're travelling with that didn't get it.

Yes! You go to the head of the line! I love it at crowded airports with long lines to the screeners: ATL, LAS. Sometimes I wish I could volunteer.

You usually get it if you are going one-way with a last minute purchase, which I do from time to time.


User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3589 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

I've gotten it when my flight was connecting to TLV. Not a big deal.

User currently offlineUnited767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

I did at ORD when i bought an Zed fare on AA back in July.


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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6530 times:

I get it frequently when I'm traveling odd routings to and from South America. Can't understand why that is.  Wink

User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1831 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6486 times:

My mom got SSSS when we were flying out of BCN. For some odd reason, she didn't get an extra check...  Confused I was very confused, but I wasn't about to remind security.  Wink

User currently offlinePmg1704 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6434 times:

At LGA once I forgot my ID (drivers license) before a UA flight to IAD.

I went back to the counter to ask what to do since the flight was about to board. The cs agent just took my boarding pass and swapped for one with SSSS and I got the full monty. Somebody owes me a dinner.

Perhaps since I didn't have any checked luggage?


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6421 times:

Yes - all AA's fault, because I'd volunteered to offload the night before, they'd rebooked me on the flight the next night, but of course as a last minute booking the system automatically flags up SSSS - stupid crap system. The old "last minute booking, paid with cash, one-way" bollocks is so last week. Any terrorist with half a brain cell would have figured that out years ago.

User currently offlineAirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6417 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 9):
Yes - all AA's fault, because I'd volunteered to offload the night before, they'd rebooked me on the flight the next night, but of course as a last minute booking the system automatically flags up SSSS - stupid crap system. The old "last minute booking, paid with cash, one-way" bollocks is so last week. Any terrorist with half a brain cell would have figured that out years ago.

They were just doing that to get a reason to ask you out to dinner  Wink

In all seriousness it's not just AA here in the US.. it's pretty much everybody. The selection criteria doesn't fully reside with the GDS.


User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6410 times:

I used to get the SSSS all the time before I hit Preferred on US Airways, but now that I have Preferred status, I never get hit with the Super Stupid Security Screening.


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6398 times:

I experienced it at SAN when I purchased a last-minute one-way trip to PHX (to join up with a friend with whom I would drive back) and showed up with no luggage (it was with my friend).

I saw the SSSS and realized there was nothing I could do about...I relaxed, smiled, and did whatever I could to be pleasant.

They gave me the extra screening, were curteous and efficient, and then I was on my way.



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User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2358 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6334 times:

Get this...I am going MKE>TPA last winter at the last minute via YX. Got the SSSS. But it was the day all the MD-80s were grounded because they forgot to inspect the cockpit seats. Flight cancelled,

I get re-routed on AA and get another SSSS. So I head out of D concourse headed for C. When I get to the gate that flight is cancelled because of the weather.

I'm headed out to my car and all of a sudden I think, what about FL. So, I troop over to the FL counter. Ask the guy if there is room on the next flight. He says yes, I transfer the AA tickeet to FL and get the SSSS again. Now it is off to E where I catch my plane and end up in TPA about midnight.

All told three SSSS in about an hours time...and the bonus of having one each for every concourse at Mitchell. Gotta be a record.


User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6328 times:

Quoting Cabso1 (Thread starter):
Have You Experienced SSSS?

Past the security check point, even  Smile

Flying CLT-YYZ in June, I (along with the TSA folks at CLT) apparently mistook my coupon as a valid boarding pass. Something just made me check while I was sitting in the US Air lounge and went to the desk just to make sure. Sure enough, it wasn't and the fun string of four letters ended up on my boarding pass (since I was checking in less than an hour before the flight).



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User currently offlineEmSeeEye From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6317 times:

Most of the time I fly its last minute or 1 to 2 days before my flight that I book. No matter which airline I choose I never get the SSSS except for WN. So for me its on WN if I book online within 48 hours of leaving.

Are there some airlines that report bookings better than others or is all of this coincidence?


User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1755 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6237 times:
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I had a MFE-DFW-ATL connection (gee, guess the airline?) that got seriously screwed by a very late MFE departure. And I wasn't the only one ... let's just say not many people fly MFE-DFW to go to Dallas.

We were met at the gate in Dallas by agents armed with sheafs of boarding passes for all our new flights.

136 passengers.
136 new boarding passes
136 passes all marked SSSS

 Smile

Thankfully we were all already inside the security zone ...  Smile

- litz


User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6161 times:

I got it each time in the USA when I got on an aeroplane - except when transiting at DEN and ORD. Do certain destinations flag you for a SSSS? - I was heading to the Middle East. At LAX it was quite humiliating - they made me take off my belt and my trousers nearly fell down, and so on! At LNK they started unpacking my bag. By DFW I'd found out it can be done in private, and the agents there agreed readily when I asked for that. It was pretty horrible.


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User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5180 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6138 times:

Here's a dumb question. Do boarding passes printed either from kiosks or home computers have a place for SSSS?

When I go to the ticket counter, my boarding pass usually has a CLR or CLRD printed on it. When I print a boarding pass from the kiosk or my home computer, there is no notation for CLR/CLRD/SSSS.


User currently offlineHalophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 646 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

I've had it about 8 times, including on the 2nd flight of a connection, which I thought was weird. No big deal. And, you get a free massage from the agent!


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User currently offlineSlimChance From United States of America, joined May 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6080 times:

Heh, I got it at GGG. There couldn't have been 20 people on that little Saab for the hop to DFW. I'm sure there are loads of terrorists that go SAT-DFW-GGG-DFW-(Midland/Odessa, TX I've blanked on its code)-DFW-SAT in just under a week.

User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6062 times:

The only times that I have gotten it was when I went "standby" with a ticket that a pilot of AS gave me. there was heaps of space on the plane so they just put me on it with out the whoel standby mess, but because I had payed at the airport last minute I got the SSSS, they say its normally from people that by at the airport last minute I got the SSSS. people who pay with cash, or by tickets at the airport last minute and some times one way usually get flagged.

anyways its no fun, but as long as you'r not late and aren't packin' anything you should be fiune Wink
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~~Kyle H.



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User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2358 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5991 times:

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 17):
I was heading to the Middle East

That will get it done a lot.

Quoting Ckfred (Reply 18):
Here's a dumb question. Do boarding passes printed either from kiosks or home computers have a place for SSSS?

Yes. Big and bold!


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5978 times:

I got an SSSS when I flew to MCO from LHR (via IAD) on UA a couple of years ago.....



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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5941 times:

I recieved it when I took a bump off AA and was rebooked onto Delta. Unfortuantely, none of the gates at ORD were manned so I had to exit security to be helped. Therefore, I received the ten minute scrutiny when I recleared security. Strange the way the system works, he must be a threat because he helped out AA when they were oversold.


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25 Jfkaua : I actually thing its pretty cool sometimes to get s.s.s.s when they put you in that container that blows bursts of compressed air on you to detect exp
26 CVG2LGA : Did you come up with that all yourself? Sad thing that sometimes you just don't know who is around you and what they are doing or thinking about. I'm
27 TVNWZ : Then you know that all this is mostly for show. There is nothing to stop those that attacked us on 9/11 from going through security the way they did
28 PHLJJS : If your selected for SSSS, you can't print your BP at home. You need to wait until you get to the airport to check in.
29 TVNWZ : You are correct. My bad.
30 EWRandMDW : I experienced it last year at GSO. I was originally on a United Express flight for IAD connecting to ORD, but because of very bad weather in the Washi
31 SHUPirate1 : C'mon, would you expect anything better from me?
32 NateDAL : Yes, typically when buying tickets for travel on the same day.
33 Post contains images N600RR : Now that I think about it in the context of this thread, the actions of the pax on that UA flight when they stormed the flight deck probably did more
34 USAFHummer : I got it once on WN about 6 months ago...probably cause it was a one way ticket to BWI purchased less than 24 hours before the flight... Greg
35 Kubus : My wife and I got SSSSed at ORD last September. Our flight from WAW (big surprise) was late and we got rebooked on last AA flight to PIT. To top it of
36 FiveMileFinal : I've only been SSSSed on domestic flights. Not one international flight. I don't care too much, though, because I always show up at the terminal early
37 RichPhitzwell : SSSS is profiling and profiling is wrong, just like the cops who target drivers who drive on sidewalks.
38 Kdtwflyer : So what does/can an SSSS entail?
39 D L X : I had an asshole UA agent named Larry Bolton in PDX write on SSSS when I snapped at him for yelling at me. I guess that was his way of getting even, t
40 Post contains images Bobster2 : When Cesar Millan does it, it makes you calm and submissive.
41 Antiuser : I had to do that when I flew GIG-JFK in 2004 on AA. They said it was "optional", but what they really meant was "do it here because if you need to do
42 Rolfen : I remember while frying from lebanon into europe during the civil war, the aircraft would sometimes be surrounded by machine gun armed sorliders.
43 Cubsrule : Getting SSSS on involuntary rebookings is asinine. It's happened to me too, and I just wonder why. My flight to CLT went m/x, so I must be a terroris
44 RootsAir : sorry for my ignorance...but what is SSSS regards BM
45 SafetyDude : SSSS is a TSA procedure, and since the TSA doesn't handle security in BCN, the SSSS marking was pointless. -Will
46 Ushermittwoch : Been there, done that. When the security staff is friendly it doesn't bother me too much, otherwise it's a real pain...
47 JGPH1A : I'd have said yes ! Hell, I don't even mind if they still want to do the beating with rubber hoses, I have very low morals. I know it's not AA, but b
48 AIR757200 : Sure you can... treat us like shit, we will treat you like one as well.
49 Post contains images JGPH1A : That, right there, is all you ever need to know about legacy carrier customer service in the U.S. - nice and concise.
50 Litz : There have been multiple instances since 9/11 where someone has either run at the cockpit door, or merely looked like they were going to run at the c
51 D L X : I love how you assume I treated "you" like shit. Believe it or not, not all agents are angels. While most are, this one was an asshole.
52 IH8B6 : Why? Out of line to yell at the customer, though I had no problems with my employees being short with a customer who was an A-hole to them (not sayin
53 Bwaflyer : Checking in for a USAirways flight from EWR to CLT to connect onto LGW (roundabout routing, but saved £200 over BA / CO) there were major storms alon
54 Cubsrule : Where did I say it was?
55 DeltaGator : I've gotten the SSSS a couple of times. Two weeks in a row when I flew NW up to Grand Rapids and Saginaw instead of my normal DL flights. When they di
56 Post contains images AIR757200 : I'm not going to start a debate or anything; but D L X; I'm not saying the agent wasn't rough with you, I don't think you should of posted his full f
57 D L X : That's all fine and good, but let me be clear about this - I stayed professional the entire time, despite the fact that UA had royally screwed me, an
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