Why do I keep gettiing SSSS?

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  1. HiIslands
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    I've gotten SSSS (flagged for secondary security screening) on my UA boarding pass three times in the last month. I don't buy one-way tickets, I don't pay with cash, I don't travel to risky destinations,and I'm not on any watch list (that I know of)... in fact, I am a GOES "trusted traveler".

    So why does this keep popping up? Is it truly random as some have suggested?
     
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  2. Mike Reed

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    It's possible that someone on the watch list has a name or demographics close to yours. There is a process for getting an "investigation" bone by DHS/TSA. Here's a link.
     
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    This really brings out the liars in the TSA. When I ask why I was selected they ALWAYS say "your airline selected you". Not really a lie but a half truth. The fact is as I understand it, the TSA provides a list of, shall we call it "criteria", to the airlines and demands a certain percentage of travelers be classified as such. This keeps the TSA busy and in jobs. They are literally creating their own workload. The textbook definition of a bureaucracy.

    I find I am selected when I am on a one way ticket with no companion flying with me. The least they could do is mix it up a bit.
     
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  5. HiIslands
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    The wikipedia article is quite interesting. Thanks for pointing it out, CrankyScott.
     
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    It's just to avoid assuming any semblance of responsibility.

    The TSA's argument is "Mission Accomplished," in keeping a bad guy off the flight.

    But it IS stupid in the sense that you can shuffle off your carry-on bag(s) to someone else without the additional screening (but do it out of the sight of the TSA screeners, if someone sees you, then both of you get the business).
     
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    Have you openly made threats about aviation targets lately?
     
  8. thrashsoundly
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    You must just have a creepy disposition. ;)
     
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    "Anti-Terrorist Rock"

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  10. demkr
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    I and the Platinum agent were convinced I had gotten SSSS on a CO flight (I haven't gotten SSSS on my boarding pass in maybe 5+ years)--because I couldn't checkin online and CO web support had no clue.

    Nevertheless, no SSSS when I got to the airport. Interesting stuff, got screwed out of an upgrade as a result because of check-in time. Nice huh? Thanks CO!
     
  11. Geo
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    Not receiving a BP from online checkin is not the same as not being checked in online.
     
  12. gobluetwo
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    but there are instances where the system will not let you even check in online, much less print your BP.

    To the OP (or anyone else), what actually happens now with SSSS since you don't have to present your BP to the person at the WTMD or NoS? Do they ask you to wait while they call someone over to escort you? Or give you another pass to had to the next TSA employee to indicate you've been tagged?
     
  13. demkr
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    Can you elaborate on this? Why wouldn't one be able to check-in online for a routine domestic flight sans SSSS? And no, I was not checked in online nor did I receive a BP until I got to the airport. The agent was 100% certain this was due to SSSS, and I was fully expecting it myself. However, it didn't happen
     
  14. Christian Martinez
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    I only got SSSS once. On my flight to Japan in 2003. I'll count me lucky stars...
     
  15. Geo
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    My experience is all international, so I've no clue why it happens domestically.
     
  16. Actonma
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    I was SSSS'd four times in a couple of months for seemingly no good reason and then everything went back to normal...here's hoping you might use your "allotment" and move back to normal soon.
     
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    One that is altruistic can easily be placed on a "list" after thoroughly pissing off a CORRUPT Intelligence agency...Politician...or Law Enforcement....Go a head take your pick...or heck all three..LOL.
     

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