SFO drops its "What is your name" nonsense?

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  1. bonnerbl
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    Flew thru SFO terminal #3 this weekend. Was all prepared for the "What is your name?" stupidity but the checker didn't ask. Have they stopped asking?
     
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    I was asked my last name on Thursday. I also asked the checker his last name. :)
     
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    I wouldn't consider this nonsense. Its a simple question that could catch someone who's a thread off guard. Similar to the "whats your birthday" question that bouncers ask when checking IDs.
     
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    Sorry I disagree. It is nothing but security theater.
     
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    Tell them your name. Just mispronounce it in the worst way possible. If they argue, tell them "Who are you to tell me how my name is pronounced?"
     
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    You're assuming a bad guy would not know about this nonsense already. Atta and his henchmen did dry runs, flying the routes they did their evil in 2001.

    In this day and age of dry runs and internet communication (it has been mentioned numerous times in cyberspace), to think we could trip-up a sinister plot by something like a name match, you're sorely mistaken.

    There's a reason why this wasn't done at all airports, and only Covenant decided to do this silly name only in San Francisco.

    It's really a comical footnote on reasoning to why this security theater should be disbanded.
     
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    My name is Gra SAY
     
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    Is that not "Smith"? That is the funniest clip I have seen in ages. Thanks to my VPN is could see it here. Thanks for posting!
     
  11. goalie
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    Agreed-and besides, bartenders [and bar owners for that matter] have more at stake and more to lose than the TSA ;). Now as to the topic at hand, I'll let you know this coming w/e as I'm flying on Friday night
     
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    Why can't you simply say "Grace"?

    Q. What is your name?
    A. Father, for this food which we are about to partake of...
     
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    I'm not a huge fan of TSA but you would be surprised at what simple questions reveal. I've always said we catch the dumb criminals but they need to be caught and asking a simple question like last name or birthday does work on occasion.
     
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    The real terrorists should have enough money to weed out those dumb people. Just like all of their other policies it will mainly just weed out petty criminals who pose no threat to the plane.

    ...although recently even the real terrorists have had some shoddy work represent them.
     
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    Right, and you're assuming that a bad guy would know about this nonsense already. What would you have said if I suggested that we all remove our shoes to be xrayed 10 years ago? This isn't meant to be a catch all...there's only 1 way to do that and make sure nothing ever happens ever and that's suspend all flying. It MAY however, catch a few guys off guard here and there.
     
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    The same group of TSA "agents" who asked me on Saturday let a guy pass through with his wife's passport. He was already through the metal detector when his wife reached the ID checkers and they noticed the mismatch (she was presenting his passport) and then called him back. That was just a few weeks ago; I was behind them.

    There are lots of ways to mispronounce my name and I have heard them all (usually from telemarketers), so I tend to be a bit creative when they ask me. As you say, who are the to decide how I pronounce my name, Smith ;-)
     
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    I have a last name that English speakers(not sure if TSOs qualify) can't pronounce. I'm not sure that won't be a problem if this is still going on when I pass through SFO later this year.
     
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    Good thing Mr. Spock didn't have to travel through SFO.
     
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    Just curious, when I said "dry runs" in my original reply; you know what a dry run is, right?

    Unless those three sentences are meant to be three separate paragraphs, I have no idea what you're saying here.
     
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    You're saying ever bad guy ever does dry runs then?
     
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    Sadly, still in farce at the UA elite checkpoint on Friday, July 8th.
     
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    Ditto international terminal G on Monday, July 11th.
     
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    I can see how this makes sense - I was asked my name crossing some Asian borders by land and these people know their stuff (unlike the TSA ;) ). You'd be surprised how hard it is to memorise a name which isn't yours (if your passport is forged).
     
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    Well, I wouldn't know since I never tried it, but are you speaking from experience? ;)
     
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    No.

    But I am saying that if someone is going to do something as sinister, they wouldn't exactly be walking into the situation without having done some kind of preparation. Including the possibility of dry runs.

    Don't know how to make this any more clear.
     
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