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U.S. Government Orders Airlines to End VIP Lines (almost)

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Date: Feb 21, 2002

Well it appears that the new federal agency in charge of airport security withdrew the order Thursday that would have ended priority VIP screening lines. 

Needless to say, this was the worst decision the U.S. Government could have ever made.  Our government should not allow airlines to selectively perk up the security screenings for their favorite high-yield customers.   That was always a foolish idea to begin with for a variety of reasons.  Airline customer service marketing campaign promises and the U.S. airport security screening process should not be tied together in one slick package.

To be mentioned again:   The solution, the only permanent and viable solution, is for each and every member of the traveling public to accept that air travel will never be the same as it was before September 11th.  Eventually, even the most die-hard IMPORTANT AND BUSY PERSON will eventually adapt (it's human nature) to the necessary airport security process and adjust their IMPORTANT AND BUSY SCHEDULES accordingly.

This is a disturbing announcement, as it indicates (to me anyway) that the U.S. government appears to put the marketing interests of airline companies ahead of our security.  Joy.


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