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Question about SSSS

Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:46 pm

Quick question about the SSSS. On the Wikipedia page for it they state that people with one way tickets tend to get it. I'm going to NY in July for my fifth trip there. I fly from my home airport in Keflavík into EWR on a one way ticket and then back home from Boston week and a half later. Does that raise the odds of me being selected for SSSS cause I don't have a return ticket from EWR?
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:02 pm

I've been through SSSS before at SFO, on the return leg of a IST-LAX/SFO-IST trip. I asked the TSA staff if SSSS is common and they said its pretty rare and happens maybe once or twice a day at SFO. He also said it could be related to recent travel movements. At the time I was living in Turkey when they were having a rough patch with terrorism in and around the country. You will see SSSS printed on your boarding pass somewhere, so if you do, go early to security. I'd say your chances of getting it are one out of 'however many people use EWR that day'
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:06 pm

Fuling wrote:
I've been through SSSS before at SFO, on the return leg of a IST-LAX/SFO-IST trip. I asked the TSA staff if SSSS is common and they said its pretty rare and happens maybe once or twice a day at SFO. He also said it could be related to recent travel movements. At the time I was living in Turkey when they were having a rough patch with terrorism in and around the country. You will see SSSS printed on your boarding pass somewhere, so if you do, go early to security. I'd say your chances of getting it are one out of 'however many people use EWR that day'


Good to know. I'm wondering though does this happen on arrivals?
I'm coming FROM Iceland to Newark so I'll be going through security at KEF and then the usual questions at CBP when I land, if I were to get SSSS it would be on my flight back home from Boston?
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:10 pm

akb88 wrote:
Fuling wrote:
I've been through SSSS before at SFO, on the return leg of a IST-LAX/SFO-IST trip. I asked the TSA staff if SSSS is common and they said its pretty rare and happens maybe once or twice a day at SFO. He also said it could be related to recent travel movements. At the time I was living in Turkey when they were having a rough patch with terrorism in and around the country. You will see SSSS printed on your boarding pass somewhere, so if you do, go early to security. I'd say your chances of getting it are one out of 'however many people use EWR that day'


Good to know. I'm wondering though does this happen on arrivals?
I'm coming FROM Iceland to Newark so I'll be going through security at KEF and then the usual questions at CBP when I land, if I were to get SSSS it would be on my flight back home from Boston?

Have you been doing something suspicious or been to like Syria or something recently??
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Re: Question about SSSS

Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:15 pm

You also MAY get it if you have a Muslim name close to a terrorist or look Indian or Arab and appear to be a person of interest. Again, probably not you and if you are one of these, then just show up early and don't stress
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Re: Question about SSSS

Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:36 pm

stl07 wrote:
akb88 wrote:
Fuling wrote:
I've been through SSSS before at SFO, on the return leg of a IST-LAX/SFO-IST trip. I asked the TSA staff if SSSS is common and they said its pretty rare and happens maybe once or twice a day at SFO. He also said it could be related to recent travel movements. At the time I was living in Turkey when they were having a rough patch with terrorism in and around the country. You will see SSSS printed on your boarding pass somewhere, so if you do, go early to security. I'd say your chances of getting it are one out of 'however many people use EWR that day'


Good to know. I'm wondering though does this happen on arrivals?
I'm coming FROM Iceland to Newark so I'll be going through security at KEF and then the usual questions at CBP when I land, if I were to get SSSS it would be on my flight back home from Boston?

Have you been doing something suspicious or been to like Syria or something recently??


No...I live an extremely boring life which I suppose in this case is good :lol:
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:49 pm

akb88 wrote:
Fuling wrote:
I've been through SSSS before at SFO, on the return leg of a IST-LAX/SFO-IST trip. I asked the TSA staff if SSSS is common and they said its pretty rare and happens maybe once or twice a day at SFO. He also said it could be related to recent travel movements. At the time I was living in Turkey when they were having a rough patch with terrorism in and around the country. You will see SSSS printed on your boarding pass somewhere, so if you do, go early to security. I'd say your chances of getting it are one out of 'however many people use EWR that day'


Good to know. I'm wondering though does this happen on arrivals?
I'm coming FROM Iceland to Newark so I'll be going through security at KEF and then the usual questions at CBP when I land, if I were to get SSSS it would be on my flight back home from Boston?


Could be either inbound or outbound I think, but I could be wrong. It's not that bad of an experience, nothing like people make it out to be.
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:14 am

Fuling wrote:
akb88 wrote:
Fuling wrote:
I've been through SSSS before at SFO, on the return leg of a IST-LAX/SFO-IST trip. I asked the TSA staff if SSSS is common and they said its pretty rare and happens maybe once or twice a day at SFO. He also said it could be related to recent travel movements. At the time I was living in Turkey when they were having a rough patch with terrorism in and around the country. You will see SSSS printed on your boarding pass somewhere, so if you do, go early to security. I'd say your chances of getting it are one out of 'however many people use EWR that day'


Good to know. I'm wondering though does this happen on arrivals?
I'm coming FROM Iceland to Newark so I'll be going through security at KEF and then the usual questions at CBP when I land, if I were to get SSSS it would be on my flight back home from Boston?


Could be either inbound or outbound I think, but I could be wrong. It's not that bad of an experience, nothing like people make it out to be.


Either way, I can't see why one way ticket to NY from KEF with a return from Boston to KEF would trigger anything. :scratchchin:
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:11 pm

You can get the SSSS for all kinds of unsuspicious things. And then again not for others which you would think are suspicious. Recently I travelled to the US with a colleague, our passports included visa from places such as Russia, Iran, Zimbabwe, one of us had ESTA, the other one a full Visa for the US. And selected for SSSS was the one who had what? A transmission error on the names in the passport, where the empty space between two first names was not there anymore, although shown on the application.
I fully get that non-matching names will raise a flag, but having e.g. Jimbob instead of Jim Bob there seems minor to me. Especially given that a name like Jim-Bob cannot be entered in the application since it seems connecting hyphen are not common in names in the US.
So, bottom line: don't worry about it. You may or may not get the SSSS. If you do, you will survive the few questions, if you don't feel free to feel lucky.
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:02 pm

Fuling wrote:
I asked the TSA staff if SSSS is common and they said its pretty rare and happens maybe once or twice a day at SFO


I'm surprised it's that little. I've had it at least a few times (though only once since I got TSA PreCheck/Global Entry) which would be wayyyyyy above average if they only pull one or two a day over at somewhere as large as SFO!

The only time I figured it was a slam dunk was when I booked oneway (FC) tickets on the day of travel itself. Sure enough it was there, but only for me.
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Re: Question about SSSS

Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:30 pm

The upside of getting SSSS is that if you present yourself to the gate agent early enough, they will typically do the inspection and then you go to the head of the boarding line with the first class passengers.
I've had it once, and other passengers I've seen get it were ones who were US citizens, but who had been out of the US for an extended period ( maybe backpacking, etc.) and were flying back to the US on a one way from a different city than what they departed to.
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:01 pm

When it first came into being it was something I would go through a couple of times a week, so maybe 20% of my flights (domestic one ways) it slowly dropped of to where this year I have not had a single one this year (again domestic) but, my flight schedule also consists of a lot more round trip flights.

International, the last 4 years I have been averaging 10 round trips per year, I have gotten the SSS exactly once, at CDG, which caused general amusement to my traveling companions.

So with all that said, yes a one way ticket is supposed to increase your odds, but when it comes down to it, I have seen no pattern for getting it, at least in the last 10 years.
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:51 am

SSSS is selective screening, and it has nothing to do with arrivals; it's screening for the flight. When you get off the flight, nobody know and nobody cares what your status was when you got on. Ancient history. If you end up with any additional issues with customs, that's something unrelated and entirely separate.

SSSS is triggered by several things, and a short notice, one-way flight is among them.

I used to get SSSS every time I flew for one operator; the company bought a ticket to the airplane; I boarded in uniform, with my crew gear, identification, etc, and always got the additional screening. I don't deal with that now, but it used to be common, even as a uniformed crew member in certain cases.

I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:56 am

I’m Global Entry and I got it for a random, unknown reason coming back from Aruba in September. No rhyme or reason.
Whatever
 
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Re: Question about SSSS

Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:21 pm

I've also got an SSSS last year for a FRA-DFW flight with AA. There were dozens of people that had to go to the second security check area which was right in front of our gate. Most passengers were younger (20-30 I would guess) and there was even a young couple with a toddler that had to go through it. Was a bit ridiculous that even the toddler had to go through all the swipe tests and all other things they checked.
Never had a SSSS situation before and on my way back to Germany I even got TSA pre check.
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