Most of you know about the perils that I went through on my return journey to SFO from BLR. I have logged it in my personal blog. When I was clearing security check at Washington, I was one of the privileged few to get into a special line.HOORAY !! Feels good to be important, huh? I was told that the selection is random. Is it really random ? Did you know that it is actually the airline that chooses these random people and not the security folks. So, its not your face. Even if you are pretty and seductive, you can still get special treatment.It might work at Customs and Immigration Check though.
My sister who travels a lot is so accustomed to the screening that she enters with wide open arms into the security check ( pun intended!) . She gave me this little tidbit on how to find out if you will be considered a security hazard. Look for “SSSS” in your boarding pass, which translates to a special line with special treatment. Does it stand for Souls requiring Special Security Screening?. No, it is actually Secondary Security Screening Selection.Is the process really random? In my line, most of us were traveling alone, but again there was a family from Ethiopia in front of me. There was a spanish lady with two kids.I would like to believe it is random, but it feels discriminatory if the same people get selected most of the times like my sister. Wikipedia has some answers to these questions. Check this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secondary_Security_Screening_Selection