Cabso1 From Canada, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7130 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.
AirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7111 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.
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.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7025 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.
Pmg1704 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6754 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.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6741 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.
AirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6737 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
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.
TVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2509 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6654 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.
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).
Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
EmSeeEye From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6637 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?
Litz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6557 times:
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 new boarding passes
136 passes all marked SSSS
Thankfully we were all already inside the security zone ...
NZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days ago) and read 6481 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.
MDZWTA ~ Mobile Disaster Zone When Travelling Abroad
SlimChance From United States of America, joined May 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6400 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.
Alaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 907 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6382 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
to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6261 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.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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.